Cobalt Children of DR Congo
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Mr. Dion Weisler, CEO of HP: Will you help these cobalt children, please? Children like Dorsen have helped companies make lots of profit. Dorsen works 12 hours a day for as little as 8p or 10̔¢. This is slave labour and a human rights abuse. Your help would be appreciated. Your company would be lauded.
Dion Weisler, CEO of HP Inc.
Will Dion Weisler, CEO of HP help #Dorsen and the Congolese cobalt children?

Image credit: Timothy Archibald for Forbes

Added: 7 April 2017

Our letter was posted : 7 April, 2017
Follow-up email #1 sent via online form 18 April 2017
Response to follow-up email #1 received: 19 April 2017

HP have responded. They're forwarding my email to "appropriate people"

One word response to how I feel about HP now? Hopeful.

This is a message to HP's CEO, from a valued customer: Flinty Maguire

-----Original Message-----

Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:22 AM
To: Feedback to the HP CEO <>
Subject: Feedback to CEO and President Dion Weisler from Flinty Maguire

Telephone: 44 (0)1284 677976

Feedback Area:
subject area:Philanthropy request

Dear  Mr Dion J. Weisler, CEO HP Inc.

I posted a letter to you on the 10 April 2017.  You can read it online

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 8st May, 2017.  From now, until that date, Dorsen may have worked 252 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

-----Original Message-----
From: External ceo-communication []
Sent: 19 April 2017 17:22
Subject: % EMEA UK Feedback to CEO and President Dion Weisler from Flinty Maguire

Thank you for taking the time to write to HP Inc.
Your inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate people within HP Inc.


HP Inc. CEO Customer Relations

Our letter was posted : 7 April, 2017
No apathy

How to help #Dorsen and children like him
Did you know that people who take action are less likely to suffer from depression?

You could donate...
When children earn as little as 8p a day, every penny helps
Buy something from our shop: 100% goes to help Congolese children


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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