Benedikt Sobotka made a stand against child labour at cobalt mines

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

Hydrocarbons remain the principle source of energy in 2019. Nevertheless, people in developed countries have become increasingly choosing electric cars, as petrol and diesel engines emit carbon dioxide Sobotka Benedikt in to the atmosphere and pollute the air with nitrogen and sulphur compounds. The number of electric cars will are as long as 130 million right at the end of 2030 and each home and office will more than likely 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 everything is 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 in mind.

Global social responsibility

Take, as an example, cobalt. Over 60 % of cobalt are extracted inside the Democratic Republic in the Congo. Cobalt mining brings a significant amount of employment for those throughout DRC but a big percentage may be tainted by illegal child labour.

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

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

Eurasian Resources Group supports children within the DRC

Through longstanding partnerships including while using 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 support over 10,000 students through its educational initiatives inside the DRC.

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