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 garbage for your batteries industry.

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

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

Global social responsibility

Take, as an example, cobalt. Over 2 / 3 of cobalt are extracted inside Democratic Republic with the Congo. Cobalt mining brings a significant amount of employment for individuals around DRC but a sizable percentage could be tainted by illegal child labour.

In 2017, world leading companies including BASF, Enel and Volkswagen met in the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos to discuss business ethics in minerals extraction for your production of batteries. As a result, the companies came together to found the Global Battery Alliance, with Eurasian Resources Group as being a founding member, geared towards prohibiting the application 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 dedication to help tackle child labour in the Democratic Republic from the Congo. He hopes that over the Alliance and collaboration between major companies, international organisations and civil society, the illegal involvement of youngsters in mining in the battery supply chain will likely be addressed.

Eurasian Resources Group supports children in the DRC

Through longstanding partnerships including while using 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 support a lot more than 10,000 students through its educational initiatives within 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 within the DRC.