Easee conducted its human rights due diligence during spring 2022. In this process we looked at human rights risks in the different production steps in our supply chain, from the raw materials involved, to components and manufacturing. We considered geographical risks and corruption risks and used the opportunities to also evaluate environmental impacts.
As per 09.03.2023, Easee has not identified any concrete breaches of human rights in our supply chain.
Our human rights due diligence process did demonstrate that the highest risk for human rights violations is at extraction/raw materials level, followed by components and then for assembly.
Highest level of risk identified:
- Generic risks associated with mining and extraction:
- toxic waste and toxic waste exposure, labour conditions in artisanal mining, lack of traceability in the supply chain.
- Mineral specific risks:
- risk of armed conflict associated with 3TG minerals, the high energy intensiveness of transition minerals as well as pressure on indigenous people’s land and human rights abuse allegations.
After extraction, minerals are sent to smelting before being sent to producers of components. On this level in the supply chain, the labour condition risks are considered high across a range of issues such as living wages, bonded labour, lacking health and safety measures and lacking the right to organize and for collective bargaining.
At the end of the supply chain, we have the manufacturing – we consider this low risk in Easee as this part happens in Norway and Sweden and is aligned with Norwegian and Swedish labour standards. The risk of human rights abuse in manufacturing in Scandinavia is considered low due to national legislation and its enforcement.