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18 October 2019

Report raises concerns about potential complicity in corruption among companies buying cobalt from DRC

In 2019, Resource Matters published a report alleging that companies producing technology that requires cobalt (such as cell phones, cars, or others with rechargeable batteries) are unable to avoid the potential corruption in the DRC. The report links...

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29 September 2019
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Author: Observatorio de conflictos mineros de América Latina-OCMAL (Latinoamérica)

“La industrialización del litio: Los casos de Argentina y Chile”- 27 de septiembre de 2019...

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29 April 2019

Earthworks releases report on the environmental and human impacts of rising mineral demand for renewable energy

Author: Earthworks, UTS ISF

"REPORT: Clean Energy Must Not Rely on Dirty Mining", 17 April 2019....

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2 April 2019
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Author: Automobil Produktion

"BMW stoppt Kobalt-Einkauf aus dem Kongo", 25 März 2019...

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25 March 2019

Amnesty International Ethical Batteries press release

Author: Amnesty International

"Amnesty challenges industry leaders to clean up their batteries", 21 March 2019....

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29 September 2017

The dark side of electric cars: Exploitative labour practices

Author: Mark Dummett, Time (US)

...[S]ome electric cars are not, currently, as ethically “clean” as manufacturers would have us believe. [A key component of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries on which electric cars run is cobalt.] Amnesty International’s research has shown that...

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9 January 2017

China: Graphite production for lithium-ion batteries causes severe environmental pollution; complaints by villagers are suppressed

Author: Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post

“In your phone, in their air - A trace of graphite is in consumer tech. In these Chinese villages, it’s everywhere.”, 2 October 2016...

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9 January 2017

Tracking human rights violations & environmental impacts in lithium batteries supply chains in China, DRC & So. America

This series of stories in the Washington Post found that the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries - the power source for smartphones, laptops and electric cars - is linked to human rights abuses and environmental pollution in cobalt mines in Congo,...

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20 December 2016

Tech giants pledge to keep children out of cobalt mines that supply smartphone and electric-car batteries

Author: Peter Whoriskey and Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post

Separate groups of the world’s leading technology companies are launching two initiatives to curb “the worst forms of child labor” and other abusive practices in the supply chain for cobalt, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries that power...

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5 October 2016
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