More than 60 percent of the world's cobalt extraction comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To address human rights risks effectively and continuously, we have developed the Human Rights Respect System which systematically and risk-based monitors human rights standards in supply chains. To improve the situation of people in the mining region of Kolwezi with educational measures, we are engaged in a cooperation project with the organisation Bon Pasteur . The aim is to achieve improvements for more than 19,000 people by 2022. The three-year project has started successfully, and has achieved important milestones after just over a year.
School attendance and creation of alternative livelihoods
Thanks to the cooperation with Bon Pasteur in the Congo, more than 300 children have attended school in the last twelve months. More than 50 of them had previously worked in mines. In addition to schooling, the children also receive healthcare assistance. Another focus is on creating alternative livelihoods, especially for women, by developing sustainable agriculture for example. More than 50 women have now received training in agricultural techniques. Additional milestones last year included educational advice for parents, education on children’s rights and training in conflict management.