New research by SOMO reveals that the number of children working in artisanal gold mining is growing rapidly. In Mali for example, there is an estimated increase from 20,000 to 200,000 children working in artisanal gold mining in the last couple of years. Worldwide, more than one million children work in artisanal gold mining. The electronics industry is the third largest user of gold for the production of mobile phones, computers and other consumer electronics.
Laptop makers are making it more difficult or even impossible for users to replace the battery themselves. This is the conclusion of research by the Dutch consumers’ association Consumentenbond. In 2012, consumers were able to replace the batteries of 77 per cent of the available laptops, while this has decreased to 42 per cent in 2015.
SHARPS activists and supporters rallied at Samsung corporate headquarters in Seoul to call on the company to reinitiate the arbitration process with occupational disease victims. Hundreds of victims and supporters gathered at the company’s corporate headquarters in Seoul on November 13 to throw a “Sam Ba” party. “Sam Ba”, a homophone of the Brazilian dance style samba, is a short version of the Korean sentence “Change Samsung” coined by SHARPS.
A new report by China Labor Watch finds labour rights violations persist at HEG Technology in China. HEG Technology is a state-controlled company, which supplies to companies like Samsung and Huawei. China Labor Watch has been monitoring the company for four years and this report shows the continued violation of labour rights, like the use of underage workers and hiring discrimination.
Every year, we throw away millions of headphones. A small defect – like a cable rupture – can make the entire product useless. Pelican House is a Dutch start-up aiming to contribute to the circular economy by offering high-end, modular headphones via a lease construction (€5/month) with regular updates and repair service.