Cobalt Mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Addressing Root Causes of Human Rights Abuses

February 2023

Artisanal small-scale mining (ASM) is integral to the cobalt supply chain. Over 10% of the world’s cobalt is produced in artisanal mines and EV manufacturers and electronics companies need to support the formalization of ASM.

Research director Dorothée Baumann-Pauly published a white paper in collaboration with the Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights which assesses ASM formalization projects. Her work highlights that the extraction from open pits and the integration of women are key success factors for addressing root causes of mine safety risks and child labor.

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