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30 Sep 2016

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

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

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 International Mining, part of one of the world’s biggest cobalt producers, Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt — that for years has supplied some of the world’s largest battery makers.  They, in turn, have produced the batteries found inside products such as Apple’s iPhones — a finding that calls into question corporate assertions that they are capable of monitoring their supply chains for human rights abuses or child labor...(Includes film and references to and answers from Apple, Samsung, Huayou Colbalt, LG Chem, Tesla, General Motors, Aperex Technology, Ford, BMW, Amazon and L&F Material)

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