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Mr. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple: Will you help these cobalt children, please? Children like Dorsen have helped companies make lots of profit. Apple have responded with an email stating they've  "led the industry in establishing the strictest standards" - yet "low-performing" suppliers, only risk losing Apple's business. We ask Apple again: will you give some PRACTICAL support to the cobalt children who have helped you make profits.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
Will Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, help #Dorsen and the Congolese cobalt children? SHORT ANSWER: NO


Added: 28 March 2017

Our email to Apple #1, 27 March 2017
Our letter to Apple #1, 4 April 2017
Our email to Apple, #2, 7 May 2017

Apple say it is the leader of their industry and has "strict standards". Yet low-performing suppliers only risk losing Apple's business. We ask Apple again: dip your hand in your pocket! Please offer PRACTICAL help to the cobalt children.
Summary and comments on Apple's response to our letter: Apple's response to the cobalt children is: "we expect our suppliers to show steady improvement". There is no offer of reparation or practical support for the children as recommended by Amnesty International.
  1. We addressed our letter to Apple CEO, Tim Cook. The letter is signed: Apple Supplier Responsibility.
  2. Apple's self praise and justification is shown in these terms: Apple is "deeply committed"; Apple have "led the industry"; Apple's approach is "unique".
  3. What it amounts to is this: “We continue to partner with independent third-party auditors to review documents, interview management and line operators, and perform onsite inspections. These include underage workers or involuntary labor, document falsification, intimidation of or retaliation against workers, and egregious environmental and safety risks. We expect our suppliers to show steady improvement. If year-over-year improvement is not demonstrated by a low-performing supplier, they risk losing our business.”
    [Apple Supplier Responsibility. 2017 Progress Report, page 4]


Our email to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, dated 7 May 2017, asking for help for Dorsen, Richard and the cobalt children.

From: Flinty Maguire, Cobalt Children []
Sent: 07 May 2017 17:24
To: '' <>
Cc: '' <>; '' <>; '' <>; 'catherinemutindi' <>; Kimbilio Ian Harvey ( <>
Subject: RE: FAO Mr Tim Cook, CEO Apple

Dear  Mr Tim Cook,

I wonder if you would be so kind as to clarify if you would support Dorsen and Richard, please? Or perhaps make any gesture of support to the child cobalt miners?

As yet, not one corporate has responded to our communication with an offer of help, or even a mention of the boys’ names. The Sky News report featuring Dorsen and Richard, child cobalt miners, has had over 44 million views. There is intense interest. The subject will be followed up.

Your early response would be appreciated. If you could offer some help, it would be so appreciated and recognized.

With hope and kindest regards,

Flinty Maguire

Our letter, below, was posted: 4 April, 2017
Email out #1, 27 March 2017

Flinty Maguire, Cobalt Children []
Sent: 27 March 2017 20:49
To: '' <>
Cc: '' <>; '' <>; '' <>; '' <>
Subject: Child and artisanal miners in the DR Congo

Dear Tim

Please find attached a letter concerning the welfare of child and artisanal cobalt miners in the DR Congo.

I have found the Amnesty International report: This is what we die for, helpful. It is disturbing and upsetting how corporations, with such resources on hand, are so ambivalent towards the conditions of the upstream supply chain.  The Sky News report: Meet Dorsen, who mines cobalt for your mobile phone, has incurred widespread reaction and concern.

The attached letter asks for responses to yes/no questions, which is published on the Cobalt Children website and, hopefully, turn into meaningful dialogue and positive action.

You will find the link to this letter and corporate responses via this page.  

This is a movement to seek an ethical and moral trade relationship between the artisanal cobalt miners, and the consumers of the products containing cobalt. Corporations, such as yours, bridge this gap. We need your help to address the blatant human rights abuses of these Congolese people.

I look forward to your reply.

With thanks and all good wishes
Flinty Maguire  

No response yet...
No apathy

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No help offered from these companies: Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Daimler, Vodafone, Volkswagen, Lenovo. They gave standard "brush-off" responses. Apple claims they lead the industry!
CEO Rajeev Suri, Nokia
These companies didn't even bother to respond to our letters
Cobalt Children, 2017. Consumers and Corporates know it's wrong for children to mine cobalt.
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