James Nicholson

Global Head of Social Responsibility

James Nicholson


James is Head of Social Responsibility at Trafigura, having joined the company in 2010 to help establish a Corporate Affairs team.

Responsible for driving Trafigura’s responsibility and stakeholder engagement agenda worldwide, James’ focus has included developing the company’s leadership positon on transparency and responsible sourcing.

In 2014, Trafigura became the first independent commodity trading company to publicly support the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and go on to disclose its substantial payments to governments in EITI implementing countries.  The standard set by Trafigura latterly formed the basis of an industry reporting norm.  In 2019, James was appointed to the International Board of the EITI.

James leads Trafigura’s efforts in pursuit of the responsible sourcing and supply of metals and minerals.  Of note in this respect has been James’ initiation and oversight of the ‘Mutoshi Pilot Project’ - a leading effort by government authorities, Trafigura and the NGO ‘Pact’ to support the responsible sourcing of cobalt from semi-mechanised mining operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Prior to Trafigura, James worked at the De Beers Group for over 9 years.