Benedikt Sobotka: We have a responsibility towards children in countries where our organization extracts unprocessed trash for the batteries industry.
Hydrocarbons remain the key source of energy in 2019. Nevertheless, people in western world are now increasingly choosing electric cars, as petrol and diesel engines emit carbon dioxide Benedikt Sobotka to the atmosphere and pollute mid-air with nitrogen and sulphur compounds. The number of electric cars will reach up to 130 million by the end of 2030 and every home and office will likely use smart devices ran by batteries. Oslo, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Paris, London, Madrid already asserted that they are going to ban all vehicles focusing on petrol or diesel fuel in central areas. The way the situation is 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 in mind.
Global social responsibility
Take, for example, cobalt. Over 60 % of cobalt are extracted inside Democratic Republic from the Congo. Cobalt mining brings lots of employment for people all around DRC but a big 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 debate business ethics in minerals extraction to the manufacture of batteries. As a result, nokia’s came together to found the Global Battery Alliance, with Eurasian Resources Group as being a founding member, aimed at prohibiting using child labour and promoting battery recycling to raise the sustainability of the industry.
The CEO of Eurasian Resources Group, Benedikt Sobotka reiterated the business’s commitment to 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 within the battery supply chain will likely 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 is targeted on helping tackle child labour and strengthen child protection norms.
In 2018 and early 2019, ERG continued to support greater than 10,000 students through its educational initiatives inside the DRC.
Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group, holds that the global battery sector should confer benefits to its participants over the value chain including children and local communities in the DRC.