Benedikt Sobotka made a stand against child labour at cobalt mines

Benedikt Sobotka: We have a responsibility towards children in countries where our organization extracts recycleables for the batteries industry.

Hydrocarbons remain the key source of energy in 2019. Nevertheless, people in western world have become increasingly choosing electric cars, as petrol and diesel engines emit skin tightening and Sobotka Benedikt in to the atmosphere and pollute mid-air with nitrogen and sulphur compounds. The number of electric cars will reach up to 130 million in the end of 2030 each home and office will probably use smart devices ran by batteries. Oslo, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Paris, London, Madrid already stated that they’ll ban all vehicles taking care of petrol or diesel fuel in central areas. The way everything is 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 in your mind.

Global social responsibility

Take, for example, cobalt. Over 2 / 3 of cobalt are extracted in the Democratic Republic in the Congo. Cobalt mining brings a lot of employment for those throughout DRC but a substantial percentage might 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 that manufacture of batteries. As a result, the businesses gathered to found the Global Battery Alliance, with Eurasian Resources Group as a founding member, targeted at prohibiting the use of child labour and promoting battery recycling to increase the sustainability in the industry.

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

Eurasian Resources Group supports children inside the DRC

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

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

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

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