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5 October 2016
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1 October 2016

In your phone, In their Air

Author: Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post

….The companies making [lithium-ion batteries] promote the bright futuristic possibilities of the “clean” technology. But virtually all such batteries use graphite, and its cheap production in China, often under lax environmental controls, produces...

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30 September 2016

The cobalt pipeline: Tracing the path from deadly hand-dug mines in Congo to consumers’ phones and laptops

Author: Todd C. Frankel, Michael Robinson Chavez & Jorge Ribas, Washington Post

The [Washington] Post traced this cobalt pipeline and, for the first time, showed how cobalt mined in these harsh conditions ends up in popular consumer products.  It moves from small-scale Congolese mines to a single Chinese company — Congo DongFang...

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30 September 2016

Companies respond to questions about their cobalt supply chains

Author: Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post

Follows article The cobalt pipeline Tracing the path from deadly hand-dug mines in Congo to consumers’ phones and laptops. Includes responses/non-responses to the Washington Post's investigation by Congo DongFang Mining/Hyuayou Cobalt and Apple...

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30 September 2016

Amnesty Intl. finds cobalt in electric car batteries are mined using child labour; company responses included

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22 September 2016

Businesses commit to transition to 100% renewable energy at Climate Week NYC

Author: The Climate Group

"World’s most influential companies announce investments in cleaner, smarter energy," 20 Sept 2016...

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29 August 2016

Automobile firms' quest for low-cost parts led to using deadly Takata air bags over safer components - New York Times report

Author: Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times (USA)

"A Cheaper Airbag, and Takata’s Road to a Deadly Crisis", 26 Aug. 2016...

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9 August 2016

India: Investigations highlight child labour, debt bondage & illegal operations in mica mines

Investigations highlighted incidences of child labour, debt-bondage and unsafe work conditions mica mines of various indian states. Many of these mines are reported to be operating without licenses. The mica sourced from some of these mines is...

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31 July 2016

Paint used by car makers linked to illegal mines in India reliant on child labour and debt bondage, company responses included

Author: Peter Bengtsen & Annie Kelly, Guardian [UK]

"Vauxhall and BMW among car firms linked to child labour over glittery mica paint", 28 July 2016...

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15 June 2016

Blog: Business & human rights courses will influence firms to fill governance gaps & not disregard societal impacts

Author: Caroline Kaeb and David Scheffer, Principles for Responsible Management Education, in Opinio Juris

"The Corporate Joust with Morality," 6 Jun 2016...

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