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Samsung expects profit growth and has overtaken Intel

Samsung Electronics earnings are expected to hit $12 billion. The growth in profit was driven largely by the success of the company’s semiconductor business. On the other side Samsung management discourages employees from speaking up and identifying problems. On Friday July 7th Samsung Electronics said…

IndustriALL resists layoffs of striking workers at Indonesian copper mine

IndustriALL resists layoffs of striking workers at Indonesian copper mine

More than 3,000 striking workers have now been fired at PT Freeport’s Grasberg mine in Papua, Indonesia. PT Freeport has broken Indonesian labour law, and its own collective agreement, by unilaterally placing workers on furlough, and dismissing workers taking strike action. More than 3,000 workers…

Fairphone visited cobalt mines in Congo

Fairphone visited cobalt mines in Congo

Two members of the Value Chain team of Fairphone visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to learn more about the conditions in which cobalt is mined. Cobalt is an essential part of mobile phones. During the trip, they visited several steps in the supply…

New OECD practical action tool for companies to tackle child labor

New OECD practical action tool for companies to tackle child labor

The OECD developed a new guideline that describes practical actions companies can undertake in order to identify and prevent child labor in their mineral supply chains. There is increasing awareness about child labor in the mining of minerals that are used for electronic products. Child…

Fairphone created material profiles for 10 main materials

Fairphone created material profiles for 10 main materials

Together with The Dragonfly Initiative, Fairphone is working on a scoping study on the social and environmental issues in materials that are found in smartphones. After identifying the main materials to focus on, they now created material profiles with the issues and opportunities related to…

Corporate responsibility for child labor issues in cobalt mines

Corporate responsibility for child labor issues in cobalt mines

Cobalt is an essential element in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that are used for smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the world’s biggest supplier of cobalt, children work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions. Recent reports show that children are working…

Over 11.000 signatures for 'gold in your hands' petition

Over 11.000 signatures for ‘gold in your hands’ petition

The ‘gold in your hands’ petition is part of a campaign initiated by the Stop Child Labour coalition, asking electronics companies to take action against child labor in gold mines. The campaign informed over 1 million people about the human rights abuses in gold mines….

Tech companies are overlooking 'hidden' supply chain risks

Tech companies are overlooking ‘hidden’ supply chain risks

Minerals that are used for every day products like smartphones, laptops and TVs are often tainted with human rights abuses like child labor and the financing of armed conflict. Existing laws and regulations to keep ‘conflict minerals’ out of the supply chains of these products…