Benedikt Sobotka: We have a responsibility towards children in countries where us extracts raw materials for that batteries industry.

Hydrocarbons remain the key supply of energy in 2019. Nevertheless, people in civilized world are increasingly choosing electric cars, as petrol and diesel engines emit fractional co2 Sobotka Benedikt into the atmosphere and pollute air with nitrogen and sulphur compounds. The number of electric cars will are as long as 130 million in the end of 2030 every home and office may use smart devices ran by batteries. Oslo, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Paris, London, Madrid already declared that they will ban all vehicles implementing 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 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 two thirds of cobalt are extracted inside Democratic Republic in the Congo. Cobalt mining brings a lot of employment for folks all over DRC but a big percentage might 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 talk about business ethics in minerals extraction to the manufacture of batteries. As a result, the companies 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 increase the sustainability with the industry.

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

Eurasian Resources Group supports children inside DRC

Through longstanding partnerships including with the 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 aid over 10,000 students through its educational initiatives in the DRC.

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