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    Tesla gives an update on its strategy to avoid conflict minerals as pressure mounts on battery makers

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    The use of ‘conflict minerals’ in electronics and batteries has been a controversial subject for years. The incredible growth of consumer electronics has sprung demand for several rare minerals and it fueled conflicts, especially in Congo, where work conditions are known to be awful.

    A report by Amnesty International and Afrewatch published last year pointed directly to battery makers and their clients as fueling the conflicts. It named several automakers like Mercedes, VW and BYD, as well as several battery manufacturers known to supply automakers, like LG Chem (GM and Nissan) – but Tesla and its battery supplier, Panasonic, were spared.

    Nonetheless, the electric automaker released an update this week on its strategy to avoid conflict minerals and it shows how it can be complexed to avoid them. more…

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      I have been concerned about this. I'm glad that Tesla is starting to address this. This a complex issue and will not be easily solved. Probably never unless the poverty in these regions is eliminated.
       

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