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30 April 2019
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Author: Susanne Götze, Deutschlandfunk

[...] Lithium wird gebraucht, um Batterien herzustellen. [...] Rund zehn Kilo Lithium brauchen die Hersteller für eine einzige Elektro-Auto-Batterie für ein Elektroauto. Allein seit 2016 hat sich der weltweite Lithiumabbau mehr als verdoppelt und...

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30 April 2019

The downside of electromobility: Lithium mining in South America destroys livelihoods & access to water for indigenous people

Author: Susanne Götze, Deutschlandfunk

This is an unofficial summary translation by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. The full document in German is available below....

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2 April 2019

Australia & New Zealand: Push for govt. intervention in regulating social media cos. intensifies after mass shooting

Author: Damien Cave, NY Times (USA)

"Countries Want to Ban ‘Weaponized’ Social Media. What Would That Look Like?", ...

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26 February 2018

Apple explores buying cobalt from mining cos; only accepts cobalt from Dem. Rep. of Congo if adequate safeguards against child labour

Author: The Times (UK)

 "Apple powers up fight over battery metal cobalt," 22 February 2018...

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12 December 2017

Investors launch five-year global initiative to engage largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters to act on climate change

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1 December 2017
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30 November 2017

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

Author: Edie

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,...

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28 June 2017

John Ruggie analyses power of multinational firms - aims to bridge gap between voluntary & binding approaches

Author: John Ruggie, Harvard University, Regulation & Governance (Australia)

"Multinationals as global institution: Power, authority and relative autonomy", 27 June 2017...

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27 March 2017

USA: "Inside Alabama’s auto jobs boom: Cheap wages, little training, crushed limbs" - Bloomberg

Author: Peter Waldman, BloombergBusinessweek (USA)

[Article originally published 23 March 2017, with 13-minute audio report (scroll down to end of full article).]...

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16 February 2017

Japan: Workers work up to or beyond "karoshi line" in most Japanese manufacturers

An umbrella organisations of labour unions in the manufacturing industries has published a study showing that the agreements between management and the labour unions of manjor manufacturers all allow for overtime at least up to the officialy recognise...

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