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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...
Author: Henry Sanderson, Financial Times
"Congo, child labour and your electric car", 7 July 2019 ...
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- Related in-depth areas: Mining
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Author: Expansión (México)
“Estas son las empresas más sustentables del mundo... y ninguna es mexicana”, 25 de enero de 2019...
Experts warn rise of electric cars could lead to a battery waste problem; batteries also risk giving off toxic gases
Author: Joey Gardiner, The Guardian
The drive to replace polluting petrol and diesel cars with a new breed of electric vehicles has gathered momentum in recent weeks. But there is an unanswered environmental question at the heart of the electric car movement: what on earth to do with...
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Vigeo Eiris releases new study assessing how 3000 companies worldwide address four key areas of human rights
The human rights responsibilities of business in a changing world - 23 February 2017...
Author: Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post
„Tesla aims to sustain purity of car batteries, but can any company be sure?”, 30 December 2016...
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,...
The cobalt pipeline: Tracing the path from deadly hand-dug mines in Congo to consumers’ phones and laptops
Author: Todd C. Frankel, Michael Robinson Chavez & Jorge Ribas, Washington Post
The [Washington] Post traced this cobalt pipeline and, for the first time, showed how cobalt mined in these harsh conditions ends up in popular consumer products. It moves from small-scale Congolese mines to a single Chinese company — Congo DongFang...
Civil society coalition raises concerns about EU member states "watering down" conflict minerals regulation
"EU member states are watering down proposals that would help stop conflict minerals", 6 Apr 2016...
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