Wir verbrauchen in Deutschland  überdurchschnittlich viele Ressourcen wie Metalle, Wasser und Land. Unsere Ressourcennutzung führt an anderen Orten oft zu Knappheiten, Menschenrechtsverletzungen und gewalttätigen Konflikten. Germanwatch setzt sich deshalb für einen gerechten Zugang zu Ressourcen, Ressourcenschonung und Menschenrechte ein.


Cover: Governance of Mineral Supply Chains of electronic Devices

Governance of Mineral Supply Chains of Electronic Devices

Discussion of Mandatory and Voluntary Approaches in Regard to Coverage, Transparency and Credibility

This paper analyses the current governance framework concerning mineral supply chains of electronic devices. This is about ten years after leading IT companies began in 2007 to fund research to investigate the impact of mineral sourcing for IT devices, which established a connection between their products and human rights abuses. >> mehr
Cover: Open letter Ecodesign

"Regulate smartphones through Ecodesign"

Open Letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

Coolproducts, a coalition of environmental NGOs, with the support of over 30 stakeholders across Europe and beyond (including Germanwatch), urge Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, to regulate smartphones by 2021 with requirements that will make smartphones more energy efficient and more durable, repairable and recyclable. >> mehr
Bild: Pressemitteilung ohne Schriftzug
23. November 2016

EU: Conflict Minerals agreement reached as exemptions added

Press Release Amnesty International, Germanwatch, Global Witness and other Civil Society Organisations

The European Union has taken a positive, but half-hearted, step towards cleaning up Europe’s trade in minerals. EU legislators concluded their negotiations on a new law on so-called ‘conflict minerals’—a Regulation which is meant to ensure that minerals entering the EU do not finance conflict or human rights violations. Certain EU companies will, for the first time, be legally required to take responsibility for their mineral supply chains and to take steps to prevent their trade being linked to conflict or human rights abuses. However, a string of concessions and last-minute loopholes could undermine the Regulation’s impact, as they exempt a large number of companies from the law. >> mehr
14. June 2016

Conflictminerals: Open letter to the Dutch Presidency of the Council & the Member States of the EU

Together with 126 civil society organzations we are calling on the Council to listen not only to the European Parliament, but also to the many activists, investors, civil society, and citizens that have called for a strong and effective EU law. At a minimum, this means a regulation that covers companies that import into the EU minerals in their raw form as well as companies that import products containing these minerals. >> mehr
G7 Summit Japan - Lieferketten / Supply Chain
3. May 2016

Supply chain responsibility has to become a topic on the next G7 summit!

Public letter by Germanwatch and 58 other civil society organisations to the countries of the Group of Seven

The 2015 G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau was ground-breaking in that G7 leaders for the first time discussed such supply chain responsibility. They pledged to promote “responsible supply chains”, and strongly supported the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The G7 leaders also stressed the need to increase transparency, the identification and prevention of human rights risks, and the strengthening of grievance mechanisms to promote better working conditions, and urged the private sector to implement human rights due diligence. These commitments were made under the leadership of Japan and Germany, as current and preceding G7 chair. >> mehr
Cover EU Responsible Mineral Sourcing Regulation

EU Responsible Mineral Sourcing Regulation

Civil Society Response to the Council Mandate Agreed by Coreper on 17 December 2015

The devastating impacts of the trade in minerals linked to conflict and human rights abuses are well documented. The problem has not gone away. >> mehr



AK Rohstoffe: Der Arbeitskreis Rohstoffe ist ein Netzwerk deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen, die sich für Menschenrechte, soziale Standards und Umweltschutz im Rohstoffsektor einsetzen. >> Blog des AK Rohstoffe

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Partnerschaft beim Ausbeuten
Umweltschützer kritisieren Smartphone-Aktion von Vodafone
Apple will keine Mineralien aus Konfliktregionen
Industrie will Regeln für Rohstoffhandel mit Konfliktregionen