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Top car manufacturers launch initiative to address environmental, human & labour rights issues in the supply chain

The Raw Materials Observatory is the product of a five-year partnership [...] between 10 leading car manufacturers which aims to improve sustainability in the automotive supply chain. The new commitment, signed by Daimler AG, Honda, JLR, Scania, VW, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group, will see the group adopt a common approach to tackle environmental, human and labour rights issues within the supply chain... Raw materials such as aluminium, mica, cobalt and rubber are associated with environmental and social risks such as labour and human rights violations and environmental degradation across developing countries... The group has already agreed a joint approach to monitor compliance and promote the principles through the procurement process, as well as to organise capacity building actions... As the demand for raw materials grows [...] experts have warned that EV manufacturers will need to prepare for greater supply chain risks or face brand damage and regulatory penalties from emerging legislation. [also refers to BMW, Ford and Toyota]