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Call on Canada to protect human rights and the planet in the battery supply chain 

Photo: Artisanal extraction of salt in Salinas Grandes, Argentina (Photo by Diego Leanza, Amnesty International, 2018

To minimize the harmful effects of climate change on human rights, Canada needs to transition to a zero-carbon economy as quickly as possible.   

Rechargeable batteries are key to this transition. Unfortunately, rechargeable batteries currently on the market, like lithium-ion batteries, have a hefty human rights and environmental price tag: people in countries where battery minerals are mined report human rights abuses and environmental harms.  

Previous Amnesty research exposed how cobalt mined by children in the DRC could be entering the supply chains of some of the world’s biggest electronic and electric vehicle brands, while in South America, evidence points to lithium extraction posing risks to Indigenous peoples’ water resources and fragile ecosystems. 

If our energy transition is facilitated by human exploitation, dispossession, and environmental harm, we will look back on this critical time with regret. It does not need to be like this.  

Amnesty International has just released “Powering Change”, a set of key principles that business and governments must adopt to avoid causing or contributing to human rights and environment harms along the battery value chain. We are calling on the Canadian government to endorse the Principles. 

Send a message to the Ministers of Innovation, Science and Technology and Environment and Climate Change to make sure Canada endorses the Principles.  

Now is the time for Canada to make sure that the shift to renewable energy does not come at the expense of human rights. 

Additional Information

Canadian companies are involved in mining operations in over 100 countries around the world, including countries where lithium and other battery materials are mined. In fact, Canada is a world leader in lithium exploration and mining.   

However, Canadian companies rarely face consequences when they abuse human rights or harm the environment. Amnesty International is working with communities to change that.  

Canada has a clear role to play in ensuring that our future power needs are not fueled by human rights abuse or environmental destruction.

To find out more visit our Recharge for Rights campaign page

Click here to read the Principles for Businesses and Governments in the Battery Value Chain.



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