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Our Roadmap to Change


A sustainable world powered by lead batteries that meet the highest standards in raw materials and batteries sourcing, manufacturing, and recycling globally

Health and environmental impacts in the lead battery value chain

The improper or substandard recycling and handling of materials and products containing lead increases the risk of lead exposure for workers and communities.  Informal recycling of lead batteries is never acceptable and results in widespread pollution and has scant regard for the wellbeing of individuals working in these facilities.  Lead Battery 360° provides a framework to encourage operations throughout the battery value chain to employ measures necessary to manage risk of lead exposure to their employees and limit environmental emissions.

Wide range of ESG standards in a global marketplace 

High environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards should be a baseline for any company operating in the lead battery value chain. Combined with improved local regulatory oversight, market recognition for a minimum standard of environmental, health and safety performance helps to level the playing field as is the benchmark for a responsible value chain. 

Lack of market recognition for ESG performance  

In many regions there is insufficient market recognition from customers and the investment community for batteries that are manufactured to the highest ESG standards. The Lead Battery 360° programme, provides a vehicle for such recognition.

Defining the industry benchmark for companies in the lead battery value chain

Lead Battery 360° Guidelines describe the actions that responsible operations along the value chain should take to ensure that lead batteries continue to deliver economic and sustainability benefits without negatively impacting human wellbeing and the environment. Members are encouraged to go beyond compliance, and to focus on continuous improvement of responsible production.

Reporting performance against salient issues

Participation in the Lead Battery 360° programme includes a requirement for companies to report on some of the critical aspects which define responsible management of lead exposures and other environmental social and governance issues.

Cross-sharing knowledge and best practice in low and middle-income economies

As part the Lead Battery 360° initiative, participants commit to supporting global partners to tackle informal and substandard lead battery manufacturing and recycling worldwide. We will use our knowledge of environmentally sound management of lead battery manufacturing and recycling to advise NGO’s, governments, communities, and companies on best practice methods to help improve standards and protect communities.

Shared understanding and acceptance of what are ‘responsible lead batteries’

The Lead Battery 360° Guidelines will allow industry practitioners and external stakeholders to obtain a shared understanding of what it means to produce and recycle lead batteries responsibly. The Lead Battery 360° defines environmental, social, and governance performance expectations for companies that are signed up to the seven guiding principles and are engaged in a responsible lead battery value chain.

Measurable improvements by supply chain actors 

Defining Industry agreed Key Performance Indicators and reporting methodologies allows members of Lead Battery 360° to measure and report progress on salient issues, including reducing lead exposures, and to set targets for continuous improvement.

Impact mitigation and measurable progress in community EHS 

Through our knowledge sharing and capacity building programmes targeted at governments, businesses, and communities in low and middle income countries, we will make a concrete contribution towards improving the environmental, health, and safety performance of lead battery manufacturing and recycling operators around the world.

Improved EHS standards globally and responsible supply chains 

Membership of Lead Battery 360° will encourage facilities to adopt good environmental, social and governance standards and to strive for continuous improvement, irrespective of geographical location. This will contribute to building responsible supply chains along a lead battery’s entire journey, from mining through to recycling.

Improved recognition for lead batteries manufactured by responsible value chains

By adopting the measures described in Lead Battery 360°, facilities will be able to demonstrate that they are operating to high environmental, social and governance standards and adopting internationally accepted responsible operating practices This will allow better recognition by their employees, neighbors, customers, investors and civil society. 

Allow lead batteries fully realise their potential to deliver a positive contribution to the SDGs

Batteries will be indispensable for the green energy transition and the achievement of the Paris goals and allow access to clean, reliable electricity that is one of the greatest challenges in low and middle income countries. Throughout its full lifecycle – from raw material, to production processes, use and recycling – the lead battery value chain has the potential for both harm and good. When recycled responsibly lead batteries may be the best example of a fully functioning circular economy. Recycling rates can be close to 100% of the battery’s available for collection and almost all of the waste battery is recovered to make new batteries. Not only does this create well paid employment but it significantly reduces the need to mine virgin raw material. In several regions the  average recycled content of new lead battery is approximately 80%. Currently no other battery technology can achieve these statistics.  Lead Battery 360° seeks to provide solutions to minimize risks by improving environmental, social and governance standards -thereby maximizing the potential of lead batteries to make positive contributions to sustainable development in every region of the world.