The administrative headquarters (HQ) and the legal seat of EIT RawMaterials are based in Berlin, Germany. In 2015, EIT RawMaterials e.V. (Eingetragener Verein, German Registered Association) and EIT RawMaterials GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, German Limited Liability Company) have been established as the KIC legal entities. The EIT RawMaterials GmbH is legally responsible towards the EIT to report on the use of funds received and distributed as well as on the KPIs and impact achieved. This includes the application of monitoring and controlling measures as required by the EIT. In order to allow for a fully compliant, best-practice organisational setup for the CLCs, all CLCs are or will be legal entities in the regional form of a limited liability company as fully owned subsidiaries of EIT RawMaterials GmbH.
EIT RawMaterials’ network-type organisation requires a simple and transparent governance structure, reflecting its orientation towards providing services to stakeholders and building excellence from the dual perspective of market and thematic expertise. The lean, agile and flexible governance structure is centrally cohesive and it allows effective and efficient management both at the HQ of EIT RawMaterials and at the CLC levels. A sound power balance between the HQ and the CLCs is deemed to be essential for efficiency in the decision making process.
At HQ level, the KIC Management Team (MT) is responsible for the operations in the KIC. It is composed of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Operational Officer (COO), Chief Communication & Marketing Officer (CCMO) and the Chief Technology & Education Officer (CTEO). Thematic Officers (TOs) and Market Intelligence Officers (MIOs) bridge between the strategic co-ordination level (HQ level) and the execution level (CLC level).
At the CLC level, six CLCs have been established. Each CLC is governed by a CLC Steering Group, consisting of representatives from the partners. The CLC Steering Groups are responsible to strategically oversee the CLC operations and for their co-operation with the local partners and raw materials actors as well as the alignment with the overall goals of EIT RawMaterials. The CLC Management Teams are responsible for everyday operations and involve the CLC Manager, Education Officers and Business Developers.
CLCs provide local operational and administrative services to the partners. Rather than pooling infrastructure physically they provide coordination of the different local activities and resources. CLCs support in proposing, defining and setting up KIC Activities, which usually take place in the CLC regions. CLCs contribute to and deploy the annual business plan and stimulate regional business development by triggering the emergence of new ideas and innovations, connecting people (innovators and entrepreneurs) and ensuring that infrastructures are shared amongst partners.