Tag Archives: DRC

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

www.visitfinland.com

Image credit: www.visitfinland.com Below is my follow-up email to Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia, and Laura Okkonen of Corporate Affairs. Laura’s response to my first email was short but I definitely felt there was warmth in it. Nokia’s headquarters are in Finland. I don’t know any Finns, so I looked at this website: www.visitfinland.com I am …

Samsung: standard brush off. So disappointing. Wouldn’t it be better if they reconsidered and supported #Dorsen?

I am so disappointed with Samsung. Sean Archer’s response to my letter and emails is flat, unimaginative and cold. It’s standard text written to shut you up and brush you away. I wonder if the Samsung CEO, Mr. Boo-Keun Youn realises this standard text is misleading and unreliable. I wrote to Mr Boo-Keun Youn at …

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 …

Day 9: pushing the #Dorsen campaign forward

Still no news about Dorsen or Richard Still no news about the location where Dorsen and Richard were filmed. It may be between Kolwezi and Lubumbashi. There must be a reason why Alex Crawford is reluctant to give the location out to the general public. She has a duty of care to keep these boys …

Day 1: Counting the days to actual responses from corporates to the #Dorsen question. Nokia gets points by interacting and liking a tweet. Also: notes on international law

Gold star for Nokia. Dorsen’s day. International law No judgement here. The paper letters are in the post and will still be in postal bags somewhere. It will take a while for them to be delivered to offices in: China [Huayou Cobalt and Lenovo], Korea [Samsung and LG Electronics], Taiwan [Acer Inc.], Japan [Sony], Sweden …

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 …

Making contact with Mark Dummett, Amnesty International – POSITiVE

Summary: Emailed Mark Dummett, Amnesty International, with copy of letter sent to corporates. Acknowledgement and interest expressed by Mark Dummett. Time taken: 3 days. Email out: From: Flinty Maguire Sent: 20 March 2017 19:52 To: Mark Dummett Subject: Corporate responses to child and artisanal cobalt miners in DRCongo. Dear Mr Dummett Please find attached a letter …

Making contact with the Ambassador of DR Congo, Graham Zebedee – POSITIVE

Comment: Positive, sensitive and helpful response from the Dominique MUKOMA|Prosperity & Climate Change Officer. British Embassy – Kinshasa, on behalf of the British Ambassador to DR Congo. Time taken: 3 days. Email out: From: Flinty Maguire Sent: 20 March 2017 20:41 To: Ambassade Britannique Subject: Corporate responses to child and artisanal cobalt miners in DRCongo. Dear Mr …

Understanding how #smartphone corporates abuse children

Understanding the abusive cycle: government, corporates, kids… The DR Congo government told the people to mine for themselves after state run mines went bankrupt. The government does not enforce labour laws which prohibit child labour. There are thousands of unofficial cobalt mines in DR Congo, with no proper infrastructure, safety practice or equipment. The DR …

Making contact with Sister Catherine Mutindi, Kolwesi, DR Congo – POSITIVE

Making contact with Sister Catherine Mutindi, who provides support to child miners in Kolwezi, DR Congo From: Catherine Mutindi [mailto:catherinemutindi@gmail.com] Sent: 23 March 2017 14:47 To: Working to help child cobalt miners <hello@cobaltchildren.org> Subject: Re: Raising funds for children who mine cobalt Hi Flinty, Greetings from Kolwezi. Great reading you, and thanks for finding time to …