Deutschland verbraucht überdurchschnittlich viele Ressourcen. 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.

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HINSEHEN und ANALYSIEREN: Würden alle Menschen so viele Ressourcen verbrauchen wie wir in Deutschland, dann bräuchte die Weltbevölkerung drei Planeten. Massenkonsum und Wegwerfmentalität sowie die Missachtung von Gesetzen zum Schutz von Umwelt und Menschenrechten führen beim Abbau von Rohstoffen in anderen Ländern der Welt zu Umweltverschmutzung, Menschenrechtsverletzungen und gewaltvollen Konflikten.

EINMISCHEN: Deutschland muss seinen Rohstoffkonsum senken und sich dafür einsetzen, dass der Rohstoffabbau weltweit nachhaltiger und menschenrechtskonform ausgestaltet wird. Germanwatch begleitet die Umsetzung der EU-Konfliktrohstoffverordnung und engagiert sich für politische Rahmensetzungen, die zu nachhaltigeren und reparaturfreundlicheren Produkten führt sowie eine lange Nutzung von Produkten inklusive Reparatur ermöglicht. Wir arbeiten im Koordinierungskreis des Arbeitskreises Rohstoffe mit und haben das Netzwerk Runder Tisch Reparatur mitgegründet.


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Publication
03 March 2020
Deckblatt der Stellungnahme

Ab nächstem Jahr soll die Verordnung zur verantwortungsvollen Beschaffung von Zinn, Wolfram, Tantal und Gold (3TG) aus Konfliktregionen in der EU in Kraft treten. Die meisten EU-Staaten sind derzeit daher mit der Ausarbeitung entsprechender Umsetzungsgesetze beauftragt. Die ersten Entwürfe, darunter auch aus Deutschland, sorgen nun allerdings für massive Kritik seitens europäischer Entwicklungs- und Menschenrechtsorganisationen, darunter auch Germanwatch. Die vorliegende Stellungnahme wurde von Nichtregierungsorganisationen aus ganz Europa unterzeichnet.

Press Release
02 March 2020
Pressemitteilung
Press Release of 28 civil society organizations, including Germanwatch

The EU Regulation on the responsible supply of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRA) is a crucial first step towards supply chains free from human rights abuse. The EU Regulation on the responsible supply of 3TG from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRA) was approved in 2017 and will enter into force in 2021. Before this date, the EU member states need to adopt measures to ensure the implementation of the Regulation. However, the first implementation measures being discussed by member states risk diluting the efficacy of the Regulation by concealing the list of companies subjected to it.

Blogpost
28 February 2020
Blog Platzhalter

Claudia Saller (ECCJ), Julia Otten & Johanna Kusch on why the German government should give the mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence agenda a real push, both at home and in Brussels.

Publication
20 February 2020
Mining Production, Territory and Conflict in Colombia

Artisanal gold mining in Colombia is associated with the financing of armed conflicts. The adoption of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation in 2017 has raised attention to respective challenges. One of the world's largest gold smelters, the Swiss smelter Metalor, has consequently withdrawn from small-scale mining business. However, as the following study argues, the link between artisanal gold mining and the financing of armed conflicts in Colombia is much more complex. At the same time, small-scale mining faces criminalization by national legislation. A general boycott of this sector by major smelters can further marginalize the artisanal mining sector in favor of international mining companies. At the same time, the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation excludes many serious human rights violations, such as violent expulsions and massive environmental destruction by large mining companies destroying the livelihoods of local populations.

Publication
19 December 2019
Gold Mining, Human Rights and Due Diligence in Colombia
Views from the civil society on the implementation of the EU Regulation on the responsible sourcing of conflict minerals and policy recommendations

Colombia is one of the countries categorised as a conflict region by the EU Regulation on Responsible Sourcing. This paper will take a closer look at gold extraction in Colombia in the context of the violent conflict and human rights abuses taking place there. From there, the paper will present recommendations directed towards the implementation of Accompanying Measures of the EU Regulation on Responsible Sourcing in Colombia, as well as additional measures needed to diminish the levels of conflict and human rights violations in this sector.

Publication
06 June 2018
Cover: 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.

Publication
26 March 2018
Cover: Open letter 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.

Press Release
23 November 2016
Bild: Pressemitteilung ohne Schriftzug
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.

News
14 June 2016

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.

News
03 May 2016
G7 Summit Japan - Lieferketten / Supply Chain
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.

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AK Rohstoffe: Der Arbeitskreis Rohstoffe ist ein Netzwerk deutscher Nichtregierungsorganisationen, die sich für Menschenrechte, soziale Standards und Umweltschutz im Rohstoffsektor einsetzen.
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Runder Tisch Reparatur: 2015 wurde in Berlin ein -Runder Tisch Reparatur- gegründet, der sich das Ziel gesetzt hat, die Reparatur zu stärken. Mit dabei waren Vertreter von Umweltverbänden, Verbraucherschützer, Vertreter der reparierenden Wirtschaft, herstellenden Industrie, Wissenschaft und Reparaturinitiativen.
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