The demand for cobalt is increasing as its use in batteries and everyday technology grows. Although providing a livelihood for thousands in a country where many people have no job at all, artisanal mining is associated with highly hazardous working conditions, systemic child labour, and unfair trading practices exploiting local workers selling to traders on the open market.

The demand for Cobalt is increasing and often used in batteries. Despite the fact that this provides work for thousands of people in (especially) Congo, poor working conditions and child labor are related to this. GIGA Storage has decided to support the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) with a financial contribution, but also with the offer of active engagement towards their suppliers.