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Friday, 13 November 2020 23:51

Tesla’s Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials is Inspiring Others to Do the Same

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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In June, Tesla released its 2019 Impact Report, outlining its commitment to responsibly sourcing the materials used in its battery cells.

In the report, Tesla stated it would not be willing to obtain materials from mines and entities who were using immoral mining practices, including child labor. Through due diligence practices, Tesla can source its materials from companies that abide by the automaker’s wishes.

 

It appears other car manufacturers are adopting the same techniques as the Elon Musk-headed company.

 

Mercedes-Benz has announced it will begin sourcing cobalt and lithium from mining sites certified in practicing moral mining techniques.

 

While EVs are zero-emissions vehicles, the entire supply chain must follow the lead as much as possible to confirm the product is as eco-friendly as possible.

 

CNET report states Mercedes-Benz won’t be pulling out of “high-risk” countries to ensure its materials are safe and friendly to the environment. Instead, the company will work with organizations to improve the infrastructure of some mining facilities.

 

Instead of leaving the sites, which would then continue their practices, Mercedes will work to improve the situation at each site by using the “Standard for Responsible Mining” of the “Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance.” Only after trying to implement these techniques without success will the German automaker choose to exit a specific location.

 

Markus Schäfer, who sits on Daimler’s board, said, “Going forward, we will only work with suppliers who agree to comply with these requirements. By doing so, we are paving the way for clean raw materials, from which other participants in the market can also benefit.”

 

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