27 February 2023

New mechanism could strengthen accountability of China’s mining projects

As the world transitions to more renewable forms of energy, surging demand for critical minerals such as cobalt, nickel, aluminium and lithium could bring significant risk to communities affected by mining and mineral processing.

Yet many such communities have no channels available to raise concerns or seek redress. This leaves the door open for abuses and greenwashing. These not only harm affected communities but are bad for companies managing environmental and social risks in their investment and supply chains. They are also bad for investors, buyers and end users seeking to avoid the pitfalls caused by unethical operations.

Read the full op-ed on China Dialogue here.