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Project for obliged artisanal cobalt mining in Kolwezi, DR Congo: rising on-site activities

  • BMW Group, BASF SE, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics kick
    off “Cobalt for Development” to foster obliged artisanal
    cobalt mining in a Democratic Republic of Congo
  • The commander plan intends to urge operative conditions during a
    commander cave site and vital conditions in a surrounding communities
  • Representatives from politics, polite multitude and financing
    companies attended a launch eventuality

Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo – With the
commander plan “Cobalt for Development”, a BMW Group, BASF SE,
Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics yesterday kicked off their
cross-industrial commencement directed during improving operative conditions of
a people operative during an artisanal cobalt cave site in a Democratic
Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Cobalt is a pivotal member in the
prolongation of batteries for electronic inclination and electrified
vehicles. Most of a tellurian cobalt pot and prolongation are
located in a south of a DR Congo.

The companies from a electronics, automotive and chemical
industries have therefore consecrated a Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to exam within 3 years
how vital and operative conditions in artisanal cobalt mining and in
a surrounding communities can be improved. The commissioning
companies will not work a mine. Together with authorities in the
range of Lualaba, a plan has comparison a authorised artisanal mine
site circuitously Kolwezi to commander a approach.

“Sustainability is an critical aspect of a corporate plan and
plays a pivotal purpose in expanding electro-mobility. We are entirely wakeful of
a responsibility: Cobalt and other line contingency be extracted and
processed underneath ethically obliged conditions,” emphasizes Dr.
Andreas Wendt, Member of a Board of Management of BMW AG, Purchasing
and Supplier Network. The company’s joining to projects such as
“Cobalt for Development” is elemental to ensuring that
suppliers also consistently approve with a BMW Group’s high social
and environmental standards. “If a plan is a success, these
approaches can be eliminated to other small, non-industrial mines
over a prolonged term,” pronounced Dr. Wendt.

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman of
a Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE said: “BASF is committed
to a obliged and tolerable tellurian supply sequence for cobalt.
Although BASF does not gain cobalt from artisanal mines, we
actively support “Cobalt for Development” as it aims to look
for new ways to urge a sustainability of a supply chain. This
plan also contributes to a goals of a Global Battery Alliance
of that BASF is a first member. Cooperation with partners along
a value sequence drives change and increases a impact during all stages
in a production.”

During a arriving months, a commander plan will concentration on analyzing
occupational and environmental risks to rise and implement
obliged mining practices. Local partners such as a artisanal
mining mild will attend from a commencement in developing
and implementing these measures to strengthen internal tenure and
sustainability of a approach. In a circuitously community, a focus
will be to urge entrance to education, as good as financial literacy
and choice incomes for a residents. 

At a central launch of “Cobalt for Development”,
member of a financing companies met with a Governor of
Lualaba Richard Muyej Mangeze Mans and Secretary General of the
National Ministry of Mines Joseph Ikoli Yombo Y’Apeke. The eventuality in
Kolwezi was also attended by member of a polite multitude and
private sector.

The swell of “Cobalt for Development” is regularly
evaluated internally and by a cabinet of internal member to
invariably urge a plan approach. These lessons learnt could
afterwards form a basement if plan measures are extended to other cave sites. 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
GmbH is a sovereign craving with worldwide operations in a margin of
general team-work for  sustainable development. For the
“Cobalt for Development”, GIZ collaborates with IMPACT, an
general non-governmental classification that specializes in
improving healthy apparatus governance, and Good Shepherd International
Foundation / Bon Pasteur, an classification with longstanding community
growth knowledge in a area.


Media contacts:


Christine Haupt

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Kai Zöbelein, Sustainability Communications

Phone: + 49 89 382-21170

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Andreas Klugescheid, Vice President Governmental Affairs,
Sustainability Communications


+49 89 382-23661

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