Gold sourcing and Switzerland in focus at the Human Rights Council

October 1, 2022 EcoVadis ‏‏‎

Last week, a special rapporteur investigating the use of mercury in small-scale gold mining and a UN fact-finding mission on Venezuela presented separate reports to the council on the impact of gold mining on many communities and the environment, particularly in the Amazon basin.

UN investigators cited human rights abuses such as sexual exploitation of women and children, mercury poisoning and child labour affecting communities where illegal gold production occurs, and pointed the finger at the responsibility of countries buying the metal.

The reports said global buyers such as Switzerland – through which roughly two-thirds of global trade transits – need to ensure that human rights are respected throughout supply chains.

Read the full article at:

About the Author

EcoVadis ‏‏‎

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Backed by a powerful technology platform and a global team of domain experts, EcoVadis’ easy-to-use and actionable sustainability scorecards provide detailed insight into environmental, social and ethical risks across 200+ purchasing categories and 175+ countries.

Follow on Twitter Follow on Linkedin Visit Website More Content by EcoVadis ‏‏‎
Previous Tweet

Learn how companies can boost their valuation and lower the cost of capital in our latest blog

Next Article
VW, PowerCo, Umicore Establish Joint Venture For European Battery Materials Supply Chain
VW, PowerCo, Umicore Establish Joint Venture For European Battery Materials Supply Chain

From 2025 onward, the joint venture between PowerCo, the new battery business of the Volkswagen Group, and ...


Don’t Miss a Thing
Get sustainable procurement news from around the world straight to your inbox

Subscribe →

First Name
Last Name
Opt in to receive more information from EcoVadis
Thank you!
Error - something went wrong!