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Ford pushes for supply chain transparency in cobalt mining using IBM blockchain technology 

Ford pushes for supply chain transparency in cobalt mining using IBM blockchain technology  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Ford is preparing to use blockchain technology to trace supplies of cobalt — a key ingredient for electric car batteries — in a bid to clamp down on labour exploitation. The US carmaker has teamed up with Korean battery company, LG Chem, and China’s largest cobalt producer, Hayou Cobalt, for the pilot. The project will be conducted at Huayou’s industrial mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and will ensure that the in-demand mineral has been ethically sourced.

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Electric car demand fuelling rise in child labour in DR Congo

Electric car demand fuelling rise in child labour in DR Congo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Demand for electric vehicles is fuelling a rise in child labour in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, experts said this week, urging companies to take action as the industry expands. Cobalt is a key component in batteries for electric cars, phones and laptops, and Congo provides more than half of global supply.

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