13 Apr '18, 8pm

Your Battery Has a Human Cost. Can Blockchain Fix That?

Your Battery Has a Human Cost. Can Blockchain Fix That?

The majority of exported cobalt, a key component of lithium-ion batteries, originates in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Much of the production comes from small and artisanal mines, where cobalt is plucked by hand. In 2014, UNICEF estimated that about 40,000 children worked in DRC’s mines. Those conditions have led to pressure from non-governmental organizations, commitments from companies to source conflict-free products, and even a promise in September from the DRC government to eliminate child mining by 2025. But in November, Amnesty International noted that only Apple and Samsung SDI had taken adequate action on cobalt sourcing. Tesla, BMW, Daimler, and General Motors all fell in the "minimal" to "moderate" action categories, according to a survey of the industry. According to Amnesty International’s rankings, EV leader Renault hadn’t taken any action. Where there’s ...

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