Aluminum industry watchdog ignored violations at Guinea mine

Last month, the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) granted provisional certification to the Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) mining operation in Sangaredi, Guinea. This certification wrongly suggests that bauxite ore sourced from the CBG mine qualifies as part of a responsible aluminum value chain, despite extensive evidence of the ongoing and unresolved human rights impacts […]

European Union: Rules for Batteries Should Cover Bauxite, Copper, Iron

Bauxite mining in Guinea

The European Union’s proposed batteries regulation should require importers and manufacturers to source the bauxite, copper, and iron used in batteries responsibly, a coalition of 16 organizations said today. The coalition includes Amnesty International, Earthworks, Finnwatch, Germanwatch, Human Rights Watch, Inclusive Development International, INKOTA, PowerShift, RAID, SOMO, and Transport & Environment, as well as human […]

Abuses in Aluminum Supply Chains a Blind Spot for Car Industry

Photocredit: (c) Stefan Boness/Visum Automobile companies need to do more to address abuses in their aluminum supply chains and the bauxite mines they source from, said Inclusive Development International and Human Rights Watch in a joint report released today. Car manufacturers used nearly a fifth of all aluminum consumed worldwide in 2019 and they are […]

Report Launch Event – Aluminum: The Car Industry’s Blind Spot

Aluminum, a lightweight metal produced from a red ore known as bauxite, is a key material for car companies’ transition toward electric cars and more fuel-efficient vehicles. Yet despite aluminum’s potential benefits, bauxite mining and aluminum production can have devastating human rights and environmental consequences, from the destruction of farmland and damage to water sources […]

Joint Submission on the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative’s Standards Revision Process

Inclusive Development International and Human Rights Watch wrote today to the Australia-based Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) to propose revisions to its Performance Standard and auditing process. ASI is a multi-stakeholder initiative that was formed in 2015 to “recognize and collaboratively foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminum. ” It is currently undertaking a public […]