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March 23, 2016

China Co producers investigate supply chain

Publisher: Argus Media

Beijing, 23 March (Argus) —- China’s cobalt producers have been asked to provide evidence to show that their products and raw material supply chains are free of child labour.

This comes after a report from human rights campaigner Amnesty International that China’s cobalt producer Huayou Cobalt bought cobalt concentrate from mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo that use child labour in dangerous working conditions.

Huayou Cobalt is still investigating this issue and trying to track which parcel of its concentrate imports was bought from the mines.

China’s trade chamber CCCMC has taken the lead in assisting cobalt producers to identify potential liability risks in the supply chain. The chamber has also called on global cobalt suppliers to be serious about their roles and responsibilities in the cobalt supply chain and carry out due diligence.

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