Tracking cobalt does not come without its fair share of challenges. However, to eliminate the growing pressure from consumers and hold cobalt manufactures accountable, businesses in China have set up a Responsible Cobalt Initiative. Tech companies such as Apple and Samsung have also joined the movement to address child labor. A pilot scheme has been developed and is expected to launch later this year; its aim is eventually to give manufacturers a way of ensuring children were not used in mining the cobalt in lithium-ion batteries for products such as iPhones and Teslas. A process similar to the blockchain technology being used in the diamond industry is being looked at in the initiative to track some of the stages that have caused worry for end users in cobalt mining.
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