Tag Archives: smartphones

Corporates may ignore the cobalt children, but school children in Brotton take it seriously

So, Apple got back and told me they had “strict standards” regarding child labourers and artisanal cobalt miners  in DR Congo. When I downloaded Apple’s latest PDF report on due diligence – I realised their standards are not so strict. It’s not good enough. What I want is a company (Apple?) to set an example …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …