David Foust Rodríguez, coordinator of CEREAL, explains why voluntary initiatives are not strong enough to bring about the necessary changes in the electronics industry. He makes a case for worker-led monitoring as a way to reveal and challenge the structural difficulties faced by workers.
In less than two minutes, Closing the Loop founder Joost de Kluijver explains what his enterprise is doing to get old phones back into the value chain, instead of to the landfill.
The fiasco of exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones and Samsung's subsequent decision to halt production of the newly introduced Note is directly affecting workers in Vietnam.
The 4.3 million phones recalled by Samsung contain a wealth of precious materials like cobalt, tungsten, silver and gold. The question is whether these materials will be recovered so that the energy it took to mine them is not wasted.
On November 22 the European Union (EU) has taken a first step towards cleaning up Europe’s trade in minerals. According to a broad coalition of NGOs, this first attempt is positive, but also half-hearted.