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BMW Digs into Labour Conditions at Moroccan Mine

The German carmaker says it is seeking clarity on operations at a Moroccan cobalt mine following a newspaper report citing irregularities that breach labor and environmental laws. BMW has contacted local supplier Managem with a range of queries and requested additional information, a spokesperson for the company told Reuters. “If there is any misconduct, it must be remedied,” the spokesperson said, adding there had been initial allegations in the summer against Managem but the documents provided to BMW had looked credible. Managem’s environmental certificates were up to date, he said. BMW no longer sources cobalt from the Congo, said the BMW spokesperson. A fifth of its intake came from Morocco, and the remainder from Australia.