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Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International

Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Conditions in the mines are rarely safe, and Amnesty International reports that most miners work without essential protective gear, such as gloves, work clothes, or face masks to protect their skin and lungs from disease. The organization says at least 80 miners died in the DRC between September 2014 and December 2015, and many more become ill from working in the poor conditions.
To make matters worse, many of the miners Amnesty International interviewed were children who said they worked for 12 hours a day to earn a mere dollar or two. UNICEF says that approximately 40,000 children worked in mines in the DRC in 2014, and that the majority of them were mining cobalt.

EcoVadis's insight:

Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. Are you sure that your mobile phone is free from conflict minerals?

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Les minerais du conflit : un fléau à l’heure du tout numérique

Les minerais du conflit : un fléau à l’heure du tout numérique | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Des recherches menées par Amnesty International et Global Witness en 2015 ont ainsi révélé que seulement 20% des 100 entreprises sélectionnées au hasard vérifiaient et divulguaient de manière adéquate si leurs produits contiennent des minéraux provenant de la zone de conflit de la région des Grands Lacs, en vertu de l'article 1502 de la loi américaine Dodd Frank.
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« Esclavage, disparations forcées, meurtres, torture, viol, sont autant d’exemples de crimes générés autour de ce commerce », selon Amnesty International. On retrouve ces minerais dans de nombreux produits, notamment les appareils électroniques comme les smartphones. Suivez-vous les nouvelles réglementations et lignes directrices prises par plusieurs pays à travers le monde ?

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Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour

Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.
The report, The great palm oil scandal: Labour abuses behind big brand names, investigates palm oil plantations in Indonesia run by the world’s biggest palm oil grower, Singapore-based agri-business Wilmar, tracing palm oil to nine global firms: AFAMSA, ADM, Colgate-Palmolive, Elevance, Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever.

EcoVadis's insight:

Despite efforts made by international companies to eradicate human rights abuses from their supply chain, in-depth external investigations could prove the contrary. Are you facing similar issues in your supply chain?

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