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Children mine cobalt in the DR Congo. Cobalt is in things like smartphones, laptops, cameras. These children suffer. Would YOU pay a little extra for your smartphone, or laptop, to free these children from mines? We're asking companies to help us organise this. Which companies will care enough to stop these terrible human rights abuses? #smartphoneshame
Will Samsung, Apple, Sony, Google et al, help Dorsen and Richard?
This letter asks smartphone companies to care enough to organise at-the-point-of-sale fundraising to support child cobalt miners, Dorsen and Richard, and children like them. These boys labour 12 hours a day to make your smartphones work
To the CEOs: Samsung, Boo-Keun Youn; LG Electronics, Juno Cho; Doro, Robert Puskaric; Archos, LoricPorier; Apple, Jim Cook; Acer Inc., Jason Chen; Blackberry, John S Chen; Google Pixel, Sundar Pichai; Microsoft, Satya Nadella; Lenovo, Yang Yuanqing; Nokia, Rajeev Suri; Sony, Kazuo Hirai; also Bryce Lee, Huayou Cobalt's Manager of Responsible Supply Chain, based in China.
Dear Corporate CEOs and Mr Lee,
I am writing to you about a boy called Dorsen. Dorsen is small for his age. He’s eight, and works twelve hours a day as a labourer in a Congolese cobalt mine.
He is one of many thousands of children mining cobalt, needed in the manufacture of rechargeable batteries. I want you to help him, please, and others like him.
Recently, a Sky News report, by Alex Crawford, brought Dorsen and his friend, Richard, to global attention. If you haven’t already watched this film, I urge you to view it.
No one, with a shred of decency, could fail to want to help Dorsen and Richard, and those children in the same situation. The film educated me to the fact that the products I own and value may have a backstory of child labour and human rights abuse. In response to this, I created a website and began fundraising.
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Dorsen, child cobalt miner
No mission statement, no logo
Age: 8 years Employed: Child labourer in cobalt mine, Democratic Republic of the Congo Hours of work : 12 hours a day Daily payment: Erratic. As little as 8p or 10¢, sometimes nothing Lifestyle: Often hungry, in pain, exhausted Smartphone: Does not own a smartphone
Richard, child cobalt miner
No mission statement, no logo
Age: 11 years Employed: Child labourer in cobalt mine, Democratic Republic of the Congo Hours of work : 12 hours a day Daily payment: Erratic. As little as 8p or 10¢, sometimes nothing Lifestyle: Often hungry, in pain, exhausted Smartphone: Does not own a smartphone
Bryce Lee, Huayou Cobalt
“As heaven's movement is ever vigorous, so must a gentleman strive ceaselessly to become even stronger”
Manager of Responsible Supply Chain
Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co., Ltd.
“Lenovo and its employees are committed to helping those less fortunate and, when disaster strikes, to lending a helping hand to those who are in difficult circumstances. In addition, Lenovo has committed 1 percent of its pre-tax income to programs and initiatives that serve society to address issues in areas of great need, no matter where those areas or issues happen to be.”Source>
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This PayPal donate button is secure. Apart from small PayPal charges, there are no other admin fees. Your donation will reach DRCongo. We are building relationships with genuine, on the ground, field workers. Thank you! Money raised so far: £285 GoFundMe, £20 cash donation, £650 private pledges.