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Negative effects of lithium mining on indigenous communities in Chile & Argentina exposed by Washington Post investigation; includes company statements
Author: Todd C. Frankel & Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post
“Tossed aside in the ‘white gold’ rush: Indigenous people are left poor as tech world takes lithium from under their feet”, 19 December 2016...
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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,...
Author: Peter Bengtsen, Le Monde diplomatique
“Football giants don’t check on sponsors - Where the money comes from”, July 2015...
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...
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"...
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.
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...
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...
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...