BMW to stop purchasing Congo cobalt in 2020/21

April 16, 2019 EcoVadis ‏‏‎

According to Andreas Wendt, the board member responsible for purchasing at BMW, the company will no longer purchase cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo with the introduction of the fifth generation of electric vehicles from 2020/21.

EcoVadis's insight:

The automotive manufacturers are maturing and taking actions to take into account Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) criteria in their supply chains. The purpose of the Conflict Mineral rules is to put an end to the extremely violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been partially financed by the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals originating in the region. 

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