Tag Archives: compassion

Doing something practical. Sound bites don’t feed children. Lovely things to buy

DORSEN AND RICHARD: Doing something practical pays off [Header image: Sky News] When I saw the Sky News film of Dorsen and Richard in February, I was distressed. I wanted to do something – not sure what – to help. I took their story personally. I have a smartphone, a camera, a laptop – I …

Sky News makes contact to discuss the cobalt children

When a corporate gets back to you in the shape of a human, it is always very encouraging. Since the Sky News report on the cobalt children of DR Congo came online, millions have viewed the film. Many thousands of people have also expressed shock and dismay on Facebook, asking how they can help these …

Communicating with Nokia. They’re Finnish and that should tell us something.

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Image credit: www.visitfinland.com Update: 11 May 2017. My optimism was misplaced. I received, via Laura Okkonen, a letter full of corporate waffle with no offer of practical help from Nokia. Have since written back… nothing in response… yet.   Below is my follow-up email to Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia, and Laura Okkonen of Corporate …

Sky News: you describe Dorsen and Richard as “hopeless”, then seem to block all attempts to help them

From: Flinty Maguire, Cobalt Children [mailto:hello@cobaltchildren.org] Sent: 20 April 2017 17:22 To: ‘news.plan@sky.uk’ <news.plan@sky.uk>; ‘alex.crawford@sky.com’ <alex.crawford@sky.com> Cc: Kimbilio Ian Harvey (ian@congochildrentrust.org) <ian@congochildrentrust.org>; ‘Catherine Mutindi’ <catherinemutindi@gmail.com>; ‘mark.dummett@amnesty.org’ <mark.dummett@amnesty.org> Subject: Dorsen and Richard, child cobalt miners, DR Congo Importance: High   Dear Sky News   Huayou Cobalt, China, the company which has a history of buying cobalt …

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

Rajeev Suri, CEO Nokia

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 …

Email to CEO of Samsung: Mr Boo-Keun Yoon: Will you help cobalt children?

26 March 2017: I’ve just sent this to the CEO of Samsung, Mr Boo-Keun Yoon. The company has had difficulty with corruption. It’s disheartening. We have bought Samsung products for years. Our latest digital TV, and our smartphones are Samsung. My daughter owns Samsung products. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if this company responded positively to …