Benedikt Sobotka made a stand against child labour at cobalt mines

Benedikt Sobotka: We have a responsibility towards children in countries where our company extracts garbage for your batteries industry.

Hydrocarbons remain the primary way to obtain energy in 2019. Nevertheless, people in developed countries have become increasingly choosing electric cars, as petrol and diesel engines emit carbon dioxide Benedikt Sobotka to the atmosphere and pollute the air with nitrogen and sulphur compounds. The number of electric cars will are 130 million by the end of 2030 every home and office will more than likely use smart devices ran by batteries. Oslo, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Paris, London, Madrid already declared that they are going to ban all vehicles implementing 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 should be extracted and processed with robust safety standards, proper working conditions, norms for responsible extraction and business ethics at heart.

Global social responsibility

Take, as an illustration, cobalt. Over two thirds of cobalt are extracted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Cobalt mining brings a lot of employment for people around DRC but a big percentage could be tainted by illegal child labour.

In 2017, world leading companies including BASF, Enel and Volkswagen met on the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos to go over business ethics in minerals extraction for the output of batteries. As a result, the firms came together to found the Global Battery Alliance, with Eurasian Resources Group being a founding member, aimed 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 resolve for help tackle child labour inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He hopes that over the Alliance and collaboration between major companies, international organisations and civil society, the illegal involvement of children in mining in the battery supply chain will likely be addressed.

Eurasian Resources Group supports children in the DRC

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

In 2018 and early 2019, ERG continued to guide over 10,000 students through its educational initiatives inside DRC.

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

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