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How aluminum production affects human rights | Human Rights Watch


How Aluminum Production Is Impacting Human Rights

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(Washington, DC, July 22, 2021) - Automobile companies must do more to tackle abuse in their aluminum supply chains and the bauxite mines they source from, Human Rights Watch and Inclusive Development International said in a report released today. Automakers used almost a fifth of the world's aluminum consumed in 2019 and are projected to double their aluminum consumption by 2050 if they switch to electric vehicles.

The 63-page report "Aluminum: The Auto Industry's Blind Spot - Why Car Companies Should Address the Human Rights Impact of Aluminum Production" describes the global supply chains, the automobile manufacturers with mines, refineries and smelters from countries like Guinea, Ghana, Brazil, China , Malaysia and Australia. Based on meetings and correspondence with nine major automotive companies - BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Groupe PSA (now part of Stellantis), Renault, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo - Human Rights Watch and Inclusive Development International assessed how the automotive industry was addresses the human rights impacts of aluminum production, from the destruction of farmland and damage to water sources by mines and refineries to the significant carbon emissions from aluminum smelting. Three other companies - BYD, Hyundai and Tesla - did not respond to requests for information.

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