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Benedikt Sobotka made a stand against child labour at cobalt mines

Benedikt Sobotka: We have a responsibility towards children in countries where we extracts garbage for the batteries industry.

Hydrocarbons remain the primary supply of energy in 2019. Nevertheless, people in civilized world are actually increasingly choosing electric cars, as petrol and diesel engines emit carbon dioxide Benedikt Sobotka into the atmosphere and pollute the environment with nitrogen and sulphur compounds. The number of electric cars will reach up to 130 million in the end of 2030 and every home and office will probably use smart devices ran by batteries. Oslo, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Paris, London, Madrid already declared that they will ban all vehicles working on petrol or diesel fuel in central areas. The way things are going, batteries will replace the environmentally damaging coal and oil as fuel sources.

Minerals for batteries have to be extracted and processed with robust safety standards, proper working conditions, norms for responsible extraction and business ethics planned.

Global social responsibility

Take, for instance, cobalt. Over two thirds of cobalt are extracted inside the Democratic Republic with the Congo. Cobalt mining brings a lot of employment for individuals all around DRC but a large percentage could be tainted by illegal child labour.

In 2017, world leading companies including BASF, Enel and Volkswagen met at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos to talk about business ethics in minerals extraction to the output of batteries. As a result, the businesses joined together to found the Global Battery Alliance, with Eurasian Resources Group as a founding member, targeted at prohibiting the usage of child labour and promoting battery recycling to increase the sustainability with the industry.

The CEO of Eurasian Resources Group, Benedikt Sobotka reiterated the business’s persistence for help tackle child labour inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He hopes that from the Alliance and collaboration between major companies, international organisations and civil society, the illegal involvement of children in mining inside battery supply chain will be addressed.

Eurasian Resources Group supports children in the DRC

Through longstanding partnerships including using the Good Shepherd Sisters and Pact, Eurasian Resources Group concentrates on helping tackle child labour and strengthen child protection norms.

In 2018 and early 2019, ERG continued to aid a lot more than 10,000 students through its educational initiatives in the DRC.

Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group, holds that this global battery sector should confer benefits to its participants across the value chain including children and local communities in the DRC.

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