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9 January 2017

Tracking human rights violations & environmental impacts in lithium batteries supply chains in China, DRC & So. America

This series of stories in the Washington Post found that the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries - the power source for smartphones, laptops and electric cars - is linked to human rights abuses and environmental pollution in cobalt mines in Congo,...

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5 January 2017

Commentary: Major European football clubs must investigate their sponsors' human rights records

Author: Peter Bengtsen, Le Monde diplomatique

“Football giants don’t check on sponsors - Where the money comes from”, July 2015...

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20 December 2016

Tech giants pledge to keep children out of cobalt mines that supply smartphone and electric-car batteries

Author: Peter Whoriskey and Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post

Separate groups of the world’s leading technology companies are launching two initiatives to curb “the worst forms of child labor” and other abusive practices in the supply chain for cobalt, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries that power...

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13 December 2016

Malaysia: Panasonic & Samsung face allegations that workers in their supply chains are being cheated, exploited & underpaid; companies launch investigations

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21 November 2016

Malaysia: Panasonic & Samsung face allegations that workers in their supply chains are being cheated, exploited & underpaid; companies launch investigations

Author: Pete Pattisson, Guardian (UK)

"Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia"...

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1 November 2016

ITUC campaign accuses Samsung of anti-union activities & "medieval conditions"

We invited Samsung to respond to the allegations put forward by the ITUC.  Samsung sent us a statement in response to this request.  However this statement does not address the issues raised by the ITUC.

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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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