Petition smartphone producers to ethically source their cobalt supplies
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A sky news investigation has found that children as young as four are working in Congolese mines extracting cobalt for use in the smartphone industry. Children and adults work in dangerous and appalling conditions with little or no safety equipment for little pay. There is currently little regulation governing the tracing of cobalt supplies but 60% is sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo.http://news.sky.com/story/meet-dorsen-8-who-mines-cobalt-to-make-your-smartphone-work-10784120
A report by Amnesty International in January 2016 found that no country legally requires its firms to publicly report their cobalt supply chains. It also found that a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese mineral giant Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Ltd buys in cobalt from The Democratic Republic of Congo, before selling it on to battery manufacturers in South Korea and China who in turn sell batteries on to the big companies we know like Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Daimler and Volkswagen for use in technology and motor industries. https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/01/child-labour-behind-smart-phone-and-electric-car-batteries/
It is up to us as consumers to lobby companies who turn a blind eye to where their raw materials come from and who as a result of this turn a blind eye to suffering, to child labour and exploitation of workers. How in this day and age can we allow our fellow human beings to be treated this way. Please sign this petition and add your voice to make a change.
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