FRANKFURT -- BMW 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.
Daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung says its reporters have collaborated with broadcasters NDR and WDR in research finding serious violations of environmental and labor protection regulations at mines in Morocco, according to the advance online edition of the paper.