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Cobalt- Congo 21st century’s Blood Diamond

All Things Supply Chain

With the recent technological advancements of the 21st century, cobalt has become a key ingredient of the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries. Used in electric vehicles (EV) it gives them the…

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In Congo Outbreak, Ebola Vaccine Faces Cold-Chain Reality Tests

Supply Chain Brain

Because it is not yet licensed, the Merck & Co vaccine has been offered to Congo under a “compassionate use” protocol agreed by national and international health and ethics authorities. The Congo outbreak is a chance to reality-test a vaccine against a disease epidemic that can’t be replicated in controlled environments.

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Bill Gates-Backed Mining Startup Wants to Expand into Congo

Supply Chain Brain

San Francisco Bay Area-based KoBold’s entry into Congo would align with the priorities of U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration.

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Civil Strife in the Congo Brews Problems in the Coffee Supply Chain

RFgen

.” The Case for Coffee in the Congo. The Starbucks Corporation is another company with supply chain stakeholders in a war-town location: Congo. According to a company press release, Starbucks purchased its first crop in the Republic of Congo in 2014 and has helped many local farmers since then.

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Civil Strife in the Congo Brews Problems in the Coffee Supply Chain

RFgen

.” The Case for Coffee in the Congo. The Starbucks Corporation is another company with supply chain stakeholders in a war-town location: Congo. According to a company press release, Starbucks purchased its first crop in the Republic of Congo in 2014 and has helped many local farmers since then.

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Trade Rules are Increasingly Environmental, Social and Governance Rules

Logistics Viewpoints

The eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has a history of conflict, where various armies, rebel groups, and outside actors have profited from mining while contributing to violence and exploitation. Conflict minerals include tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold.

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Shining a Light on the EV Supply Chain: A Poor Environmental and Human Rights Record

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Cobalt: The Democratic Republic of Congo has 46% of global cobalt reserves and produces 70% of the world’s output. Congo is an autocracy, which means that the government controls most of the industry. You guessed it – China – which has nabbed the biggest commercial deposits of cobalt in the Congo. And how will we mine them?

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