The demand for raw materials in the world keeps growing. The downsides to this development are human rights abuses and damage to the environment.
German Investmentes in South Africa's Coal Industry
In Southafrica, people living next to cole mines or coal-fired power stations lose their land, their health and the access to water. As suppliers of components for the giant power stations Kusile and Medupi, German companies like SIEMENS, Bilfinger Berger or Rheinmetall Defense Electronics bear a responsibility for those problems in the coal sector of South Africa. For more details see the new MISEREOR-study “Nur die Kohle zählt”: https://www.misereor.de/fileadmin/publikationen/studie-wenn-nur-die-kohle-zaehlt.pdf or https://www.misereor.de/informieren/rohstoffe/kohle
Coltan: Conflict minerals in Congo
Fungamwaka - a mine in the east of Congo. These men work so that we can make telephone calls. They are mining coltan, which is indispensable for the production of mobile phones. The Democratic Republic of Congo is the world’s second-largest supplier of this rare mineral.