Benedikt Sobotka: We have a responsibility towards children in countries where we extracts recycleables for your batteries industry.

Hydrocarbons remain the principle supply of energy in 2019. Nevertheless, people in western world are increasingly choosing electric cars, as petrol and diesel engines emit carbon dioxide Benedikt Sobotka to the atmosphere and pollute air with nitrogen and sulphur compounds. The number of electric cars will are as long as 130 million right at 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 asserted that they’ll ban all vehicles focusing 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 must be extracted and processed with robust safety standards, proper working conditions, norms for responsible extraction and business ethics at heart.

Global social responsibility

Take, for example, cobalt. Over 60 % of cobalt are extracted inside Democratic Republic of the Congo. Cobalt mining brings lots of employment for people all over DRC but a large percentage may 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 talk about business ethics in minerals extraction to the output of batteries. As a result, the firms came together to found the Global Battery Alliance, with Eurasian Resources Group as being a founding member, aimed at prohibiting the use of child labour and promoting battery recycling to boost the sustainability of the industry.

The CEO of Eurasian Resources Group, Benedikt Sobotka reiterated the business’s persistence for help tackle child labour inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He hopes that with the Alliance and collaboration between major companies, international organisations and civil society, the illegal involvement of youngsters in mining inside battery supply chain will 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 compliment more than 10,000 students through its educational initiatives within the DRC.

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