2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
Cobalt mining in the Congo takes place under inhumane conditions. BMW and BASF want to change this together with Samsung.
The African country stores 60 percent of the world's reserves of cobalt, an indispensable raw material for the batteries of electric cars. 80 to 85 percent of cobalt mining in the Congo is industrial, 15 to 20 percent of mining is done using non-industrial methods.
As BMW announced on Thursday, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) is to test for the corporations for three years how working and living conditions can be improved in small-scale mining there.
Compliance with human rights
Compliance with human rights, environmental, health and safety standards is the greatest challenge. In the Congo, children in particular are used to mine cobalt. BMW basically wants to buy cobalt itself in order to be able to better control the supply chain and provide the raw material by 2020 to its battery cell suppliers CATL and Samsung.
For the first time, partners from the automotive, chemical and electronics industries have come together to tackle the problems of cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a specific project. The project focuses on a pilot mine in which cobalt is mined using non-industrial methods. (AG / dpa)
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