Author Archive: Merle Groneweg

Will Industry 4.0 Create New Raw Materials Demands?

The digitalization of production processes, in Germany also known as Industry 4.0, promises economic growth in times of stagnation. According to business organizations and market-liberal politicians, digitalization will provide solutions for current global challenges like economic stagnation, (youth) unemployment, post-financial crisis or climate change. From buildings and cars to entire supply chains, everything will be connected. We will live in …

New Report – UN Body Alarmed By Mining Waste Disasters Worldwide

New Report – UN Body Alarmed By Mining Waste Disasters Worldwide

(13 November 2017 – London-Washington-Ottawa). An international coalition of non-governmental organizations support the recommendations of a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which urges governments and industry to act to stop deadly and damaging mining spills worldwide. UNEP calls for an urgent UN …

Apply now: Multiplier Seminar on Raw Material Policies!

The European Union is one of the biggest importers of raw materials in the world. Its resource consumption is far above a sustainable level on a global scale. Products “Made in the EU” like cars, electronics or chemicals contain raw materials often coming from countries in the Global South. In many countries we observe human, social and labour rights violation …

Without responsibility and transparency – Human rights risks along the nickel supply chain

Being one of the biggest export nations, Germany is strongly dependent on raw material imports. Nearly 100 percent of the metallic primary raw materials are imported from abroad and processed by German industry. The German raw material requirement has strongly increased over the past decades and according to the forecasts it will continue to increase in the coming years. Violations …