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Amnesty accuses electric vehicles makers of using unethically sourced minerals

Amnesty accuses electric vehicles makers of using unethically sourced minerals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Human rights advocate Amnesty International has accused the electric vehicle (EV) industry of selling itself as environmentally friendly, while most of the batteries they produce use polluting fossil fuels and unethically sourced minerals. In a report published on Thursday, the rights group says manufacturing batteries can be carbon intensive, while the extraction of minerals used in them has been linked to human rights violations such as child labour.

EcoVadis's insight:

Human rights abuse is often more egregious in the electronics sector than other industries since the parts are almost exclusively made in some of the poorest countries in the world. According to the International Labor Organization, an estimated 40.3 million workers are victims of modern slavery, 24.9 million of which are subject to forced labor.

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Reporting human and labor rights in palm oil: Nestlé and Sime Darby Plantation launch worker helpline

Nestlé and the Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) are joining forces to pilot a project that will help eliminate human and labor rights abuses in their shared palm oil supply chain in Malaysia. The collaboration will see a new helpline developed which allows workers to report on working conditions, recruitment, safety and other labor issues.
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Most big companies failing U.N. human rights test, ranking shows

Most big companies failing U.N. human rights test, ranking shows | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Most big companies operating in sectors at high risk of labour abuses are failing to meet human rights standards set by the United Nations, according to an analysis of 100 major companies published on Monday. From tackling child labour to ensuring equal treatment for women, U.N. principles require all businesses prove they are committed to human rights and treat workers fairly. But an analysis of more than 100 major apparel, agricultural and extraction firms by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a British charity, found many had little to show for.

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Nestle Says Proposed Mandatory Reporting Rules For Slavery Could Cost Too Much

Nestle Says Proposed Mandatory Reporting Rules For Slavery Could Cost Too Much | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestle, owner of more than 2000 brands in 189 countries, has told a senate committee that Australia's proposed mandatory reporting requirements could add "cost and time" to businesses and suppliers "which will need to be borne somewhere". Nestle has addressed its own issues with slavery among its suppliers after hiring the nonprofit Verite to investigate its sites in Thailand, the Herald noted. Verite found vulnerable workers from Cambodia and Mynamar had been lured to Thailand, often under false pretences, and forced to work in dangerous and violent conditions. Nestle has also acknowledged issues with child labour in its cocoa supply chain and spoken strongly against the practice. On July 1 it implemented a new responsible sourcing standard with mandatory requirements of suppliers relating to pay rates, working hours and workers' ages.

EcoVadis's insight:

Bravo Nestle for taking such considerable sustainable initiative. Businesses are in a unique position to help eradicate human rights violations, improve millions of lives globally and protect their operations by implementing sustainability collaborative platforms.

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