Workshop summary: Strengthening human rights due diligence in electric vehicle production

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, NAP Helpdesk Business & Human Rights, Published on: 23 May 2019

'Info Package: Workshop organised by the NAP Helpdesk Business & Human Rights and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre'

On 3 April 2019, approximately 50 representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), companies, business associations, service providers as well as industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives met in Berlin to exchange views on challenges to and solutions for improved human rights due diligence in electric vehicle supply chains and production. The workshop was co-organised by the German NAP Helpdesk Business & Human Rights and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

The aim of the workshop was to provide a space for a fair and objective multi-stakeholder dialogue on effective, comprehensive and collaborative human rights due diligence in this field. Companies (including car manufacturers as well as battery component and raw material producers) shared their experiences regarding new challenges arising with the growth of electric vehicle production and the ensuing demand for minerals needed for batteries. The diverse group of participants also engaged in a discussion on ideas for collaboration between the private sector and civil society to improve due diligence on human rights in electric vehicle supply chains...

This workshop was made possible thanks to support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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