Most of the world’s leading electronic companies and electronic vehicle developers are struggling to prevent conflict minerals, and minerals sourced through extensive child labour, from entering their supply chains.
This comes from a new report, “Time to Recharge” from Amnesty International, which studied the supply chains of electronics and car companies, and the results have revealed that although work is being done, too many companies are suffering from supply chain “blind spots.”
Two years ago, Amnesty International revealed in an exclusive investigation that batteries used by companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Renault could be linked to child labour in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This news prompted Apple to become the first company in the world to fully publish the names of all of its cobalt suppliers, a move which has firmly cemented the company’s position as the industry leader in responsible cobalt sourcing.
The DRC is responsible for more than half of the world’s cobalt supply, with 20% of that supply mined entirely by hand. Amnesty International can reveal a long history of conflict mining, child labour, and harsh mining conditions linked with the supply of cobalt.