Gold star goes to Laura Okkonen at Nokia, proving that human life exists behind a corporate brand

Rajeev Suri, CEO Nokia
Please show your support for Dorsen

I sent out follow-up emails to all the corporates today: Huayou Cobalt Ltd. (this company buys cobalt from traders in DR Congo, who buy from artisanal miners where child labour is used); Samsung, LG, Microsoft, Nokia, Doro, Sony, Acer, Apple, Archos, Lenovo, Google, Blackberry, Vodafone, Volkswagen, Dell, HP and Daimler.

It is AMAZING that 43 million people viewed Dorsen and his friends, child miners in Democratic Republic of Congo Sky News film and it’s been shared 834k times. That shows, beyond doubt, that people find the exploitation of artisanal and child #cobalt miners in the #DRC shocking. We can’t go on in denial that this is happening.

And… joy! I’ve had a polite acknowledgement from Laura Okkonen of Nokia with a promise of a follow-up response. 

Here’s a gold star for Laura.

I’m not sorry to be so effusive. This is such a lift. Thank you Laura of Nokia. I will canvas some ideas and get back to you. I hope Rajeev Suri will be responsive. What a wonderful lead Nokia could take in showing responsibility and care to the Congolese cobalt children and creusseurs.

From: Flinty Maguire, Cobalt Children []
Sent: 18 April 2017 21:15
To: ‘Okkonen, Laura (Nokia – FI/Espoo)’ <>
Cc: ‘’ <>; ‘catherinemutindi’ <>; Kimbilio Ian Harvey ( <>; ‘’ <>
Subject: RE: FAO Mr Rajeev Suri, CEO Nokia

Dear Laura

How wonderful that you’ve acknowledged my email. Thank you.  I so hope we can be proactive together.

Wouldn’t it be great to help your customers do positive things for these children and creusseurs?  There are millions of concerned people – consumers – who want to see corporates take a lead.  You are the first person to send me an email and that gives me hope. I shall make sure the world knows there are humans behind the Nokia brand.

Many thanks and all good wishes


Ms. Flinty Maguire

From: Okkonen, Laura (Nokia – FI/Espoo) []
Sent: 18 April 2017 16:18
Subject: FAO Mr Rajeev Suri, CEO Nokia

Dear Mr Maguire,

Many thanks for contacting us. We will most definitely come back to you in more detail on the below by May 1st.

In the meanwhile, should there be any additional questions you would like us to provide further insights on in our reply to follow, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Thank you.

Best regards

Laura Okkonen

Laura Okkonen
Corporate Affairs
Nokia Group
Telephone: +358504869100

From: Flinty Maguire, Cobalt Children []
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 3:18 PM
To: Services, Press (Nokia – Global) <>
Cc: Dematteo, Carol (Nokia – US/Irving) <>; Samson, Anne (Nokia – FR/Asnieres-sur-Seine) <>; Relations, Government (Nokia – Global) <>
Subject: FAO Mr Rajeev Suri, CEO Nokia

Dear  Mr Rajeev Suri,

I posted a letter to you on the 4 April 2017. I attach it here again.

I wish to draw your attention to the Sky News report: “Inside the Congo mines that exploit children”.  The report deals with the mining of cobalt used in lithium ion batteries in profitable and widely used items such as smartphones and laptops.

The Sky News report features Dorsen, an 8 year old boy who mines cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He works 12 hours a day for as little as eight British pence. This Sky News report triggered the Cobalt Children campaign to ask companies, such as yours, to organize help for these children and creusseurs.

The Sky News report is posted on Facebook has had 43 million views and has been shared over 834,000 times. There are over 150,000 comments.  

Here is the link to the report:

I am sure you will agree that this overwhelming response from the general public to the issue of child labour in cobalt mines, and the exploited labour of creusseurs, warrants comment and action from your company.

I appreciate you need to consider your response which I look forward to receiving on or before 1st May, 2017.  From now, until that date, Dorsen may have worked 168 hours of hard labour mining cobalt, which may include being beaten, starved and injured. This child, and others like him, need our collective help and they need it soon. We cannot let this issue go on for more years. It shames us all.

Please respond by email to the address provided:

Your response will be shared on the website: and on social media. Be assured, I will help in any way I can to assist these children and creusseurs.

Many thanks and kind regards,

Flinty Maguire

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