Cobalt, Electric Vehicles, and Human Rights:
Should a supplier for US-made electric vehicles invest in cobalt traceability?
With reports of child labor and corruption in its supply chain, Samsonic, a manufacturer of electric vehicle batteries, must decide how to source the cobalt in its products.
This case follows Ms. Aileen Hantverk, the director of sustainability for Samsonic*, a global technology company that manufactures lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. As the global spotlight on cobalt intensifies, Hantverk must decide how Samsonic should address issues of child labor, corruption, and environmental degradation in the supply chain of one the most important metals for the electric vehicle revolution.
*Samsonic is a fictional company, but the issues presented here are representative of those affecting actual battery manufacturers.