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BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI et Samsung Electronics lancent un projet intersectoriel pour améliorer l'exploitation durable du cobalt.

Dans le cadre d'une initiative intersectorielle, les sociétés BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI et Samsung Electronics ont lancé un projet pilote commun sur le cobalt en République démocratique du Congo.

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Munich, le 29 novembre 2018 : Dans le cadre d'une initiative intersectorielle, les sociétés BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI et Samsung Electronics ont lancé un projet pilote commun sur le cobalt en République démocratique du Congo. A cet effet un contrat entre les entreprises et la Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH visera à améliorer les conditions de travail dans les mines artisanales, ainsi que les conditions de vie des communautés environnantes. La portée du projet s'étendra à une mine pilote au cours des trois prochaines années, et les partenaires n'exploiteront pas la mine.

This fully privately financed project seeks to pilot an approach to address challenges in artisanal mining. As it is limited to one pilot mine site and the surrounding community, it seeks to contribute to identifying workable solutions that lead to better working conditions at the mine site. If proven effective, these measures could then be scaled up to other legal artisanal mine sites and enhance systemic challenges in the longer run.

Cobalt is a key component in the production of batteries for the automotive and electronics industries. The world’s largest known reserves of this raw material are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Industrial mining accounts for approximately 80-85% of Congolese cobalt production, with artisanal mining operations producing the remaining 15-20%. Currently, companies are facing challenges in the areas of environment, health and safety, and human rights when cobalt is extracted through artisanal mining.

This is the first time partners from automotive, chemical and consumer electronics industries have come together in a project on the ground to address the challenges of artisanal cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This pilot project builds on a feasibility study jointly conducted by GIZ and BMW Group. Insights gained from visits to several artisanal mines, stakeholder interviews and surveys of miners and community members were instrumental in shaping this project approach.

This project also contributes to the goals of global initiatives, such as the Global Battery Alliance (GBA), to foster sustainable supply chains.

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