Electric Vehicle Revolution Fueling Child Labor in Cobalt Mines in the Congo

Another case of “blood minerals” has been brewing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and indeed several African countries. It’s fueled by the hunt for cobalt to meet the growing appetite for electric cars around the world. The appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in small-scale cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo,…

DR-Congo Wants Mores Taxes as Apple and Tesla Hunt for Cobalt for a “Clean Future”

    Our increasing reliance on rechargeable batteries is making the Democratic Republic of Congo reconsider how it values cobalt. Once a forgotten byproduct, the price of cobalt has tripled in the last two years and the world’s largest producer plans to profit off the demand.     Lawmakers in the capital Kinshasa are currently considering…

40 Million in Modern Slavery and 152 Million in Child Labor Around the World

    40 million in modern slavery and 152 million in child labour around the world In-Depth Coverage New data reveal that the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal Target 8.7, will not be achieved unless efforts to fight modern slavery and child labour are dramatically increased. 19 September 2017 NEW YORK (ILO News) –…