Mineral Resources

From tableware and coins to cell phones and computers, various metals are used in everyday items that we use without thinking. With the urgent need to move away from fossil fuels as a countermeasure to the climate crisis, renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs) are rapidly gaining popularity, and demand for mineral resources is expected to increase as a raw material for storage batteries.
However, do you know that the mining of these mineral resources is causing environmental problems such as the destruction of precious ecosystems and deforestation, as well as serious human rights violations such as the deprivation of the traditional culture, livelihoods, and lives of the indigenous people who live there?

FoE Japan, together with local residents and NGOs, continues to conduct surveys and make proposals with the aim of resolving the environmental, social, and human rights problems occurring at mineral resource development sites in the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries where Japanese public institutions and private companies have been involved.


Comments to the Japan-U.S.-Philippines Summit


Letter to Major Vale’s Shareholders regarding the Expansion Plan of Sorowako Nickel Project, Indonesia: “Stop the Resumption of Exploration that is Not Consistent with International Standards!”


PETITION: Immediately Stop Prolonging the Life of Fossil Fuels and Destroying the Environment and Livelihoods in Indonesia – Meaningful Participation of Local Communities and Civil Society in Just and Equitable Energy Transition


Civil Society Organizations’ Comments/Reactions to the Vale’s “Our Strategy and Commitments – Statement on PT Vale Indonesia Tbk” dated August 29, 2023


Protecting the Basic Human Rights of Communities Impacted by the Sorowako Nickel Development in Indonesia! – Request Submitted to Major Shareholders of Vale for Appropriate Action to Prevent Complicity in Human Rights Abuses (endorsed by 104 organizations from 23 countries over the world)


Protect the basic human rights of communities affected by the Sorowako nickel project in Indonesia! Submission of a Request to Sumitomo Metal Mining for Appropriate Action as an Investor and Procurer


Statement on Critical Mineral Acquisition from concerned members of the Environmental Panel for the C7 Climate and Environmental Justice WG


Pollution Exported by Japanese Companies: Water Contamination by Hexavalent Chromium Continuously Found around the Nickel Projects in the Philippines


Socio-Environmental Impacts of Japanese Foreign Aid and Finance