FREYR Battery, a developer of clean, next-generation battery cell production capacity, has become a member of the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) to underscore FREYR's commitment to developing a sustainable global battery industry.
The FCA is a multi-stakeholder action platform committed to developing responsible and fair supply of artisanal mined cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo, creating and diversifying sustainable livelihoods for surrounding communities. The FCA focuses on economic diversification, improving worker conditions at mine sites and supporting child rights. For further information see the IDTechEx report on The Li-ion Battery Supply Chain 2020-2030.
"We are undergoing a major energy transition, moving from fossil fuels to battery-powered technology. Cobalt is one of the essential components in battery production and we are focused on sustainable supply of cobalt to support our production of clean, low-cost and low-carbon battery cells for a better planet," said Tom Einar Jensen, the CEO of FREYR. "This alliance is an important arena for us to drive impact by making investments to empower the people working in the artisanal mines, as well as the communities around them."
FCA executive director Dr. Assheton Carter said: "We welcome FREYR to the Fair Cobalt Alliance. They join other industry players in recognizing the legitimacy of cobalt from responsible artisanal mining operations and commit to investing in action to make artisanal mines safer, minimize environmental impact and create better working conditions for people working at the mines."
One of the world's largest global diversified natural resource companies, Glencore announced its membership of the FCA in 2020. In November, FREYR and Glencore announced a contract for recycled and sustainable supply of cobalt.
FREYR is committed to developing responsible and sustainable supply chains for battery materials. The FREYR Supplier Code of Conduct sets the company's sustainability expectations to its suppliers.
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