Children mine cobalt in the DR Congo. Cobalt is in things like smartphones, laptops, cameras. These children suffer. Would YOU pay a little extra for your smartphone, or laptop, to free these children from mines? We're asking companies to help us organise this. Which companies will care enough to stop these terrible human rights abuses? #smartphoneshame
Demand an end to children mining cobalt for smartphones
Meet Dorsen. He's 8 and works 12 hours a day for as little as 8p. Sometimes he doesn't eat. He mines cobalt to make your smartphone work and corporates like Sony, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, cannot tell you if the colbalt they use in their hi-tech products was mined by Dorsen. It seems these corporates are in denial.
As consumers, we can set an example. We have power. At the point of sale of equipment, (smartphones, laptops, cameras) we could make a donation to put a stop to children mining cobalt, forever. However small the donation, it will make a huge difference.
The corporates just have to collect the money and pass it on. That's not too much to ask, is it?
If consumers are prepared to do this, governments and corporates have no excuse but to address these human rights abuses. They have lacked due diligence and avoided responsibility for years.
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Please sign the petition to stop children mining cobalt
Small donations help. These boys work 12 hours a day for as little as 8p or 10cents
This PayPal donate button is secure. Apart from small PayPal charges, there are no other admin fees. Your donation will reach DRCongo. We are building relationships with genuine, on the ground, field workers. Thank you! Money raised so far: £285 GoFundMe, £20 cash donation, £650 private pledges.