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Mr. Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo: 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.
Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo
Will Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo help #Dorsen and the Congolese cobalt children?

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Added: 6 April 2017
Date our letter was posted : 4 April, 2017
Our letter was posted : 4 April, 2017
Follow-up email #1 sent via online form 18 April 2017
Automated response to follow-up email #1 received: 18 April 2017

From: Flinty Maguire, Cobalt Children [mailto:hello@cobaltchildren.org]
Sent: 18 April 2017 13:49
To: 'cwest@lenovo.com' <cwest@lenovo.com>; 'rgorman@lenovo.com' <rgorman@lenovo.com>; 'angelalee@lenovo.com' <angelalee@lenovo.com>; 'borjavelon@lenovo.com' <borjavelon@lenovo.com>
Subject: FAO Mr. Yang Yuanqing, CEO Lenovo

Dear  Mr. Yang Yuanqing,

I posted a letter to you on the 4 April 2017. I attach it here again.

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: https://www.facebook.com/skynews/videos/1659591590722098/

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 creussers, warrants comment and action from your company.

I appreciate you need to consider your response which I look forward to receiving on or before 1st May, 2017.  From now, until that date, Dorsen may have worked 168 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: hello@cobaltchildren.org

Your response will be shared on the website: www.cobaltchildren.org 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


From: Charlotte West [mailto:cwest@lenovo.com]
Sent: 18 April 2017 13:50
To: Flinty Maguire, Cobalt Children <hello@cobaltchildren.org>
Subject: Automatic reply: FAO Mr. Yang Yuanqing, CEO Lenovo

I am out of the office on holiday for Easter, returning to the office on Wednesday 19th April.  If you need to reach me urgently please text or WhatsApp me on +44 (0)7825 605720.


Our letter, posted 4 April 2017
No reponse yet...
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When children earn as little as 8p a day, every penny helps

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