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Reports: Major Tech Companies Buy Batteries From Suppliers That Employ Children.

We all enjoy the benefits of new technologies, but have you ever asked yourself how they are made?
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Reports have it that 16 tech and automobile companies in the world including two major tech companies –  Apple and Samsung – might be using batteries manufactured with the help of young African children who make up half of the workforce. The mineral (cobalt) mined by these children is sold to a Chinese firm –  Huayou Cobalt-  for distribution to these tech companies who converts them to Smartphone and car batteries.
In other words, this girl among many others helps in making your phone and car batteries.
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Now here is what I found saddening, Amnesty contacted the tech companies listed as customers of the battery manufacturer, but Apple and Samsung told Amnesty they couldn’t verify whether the cobalt in their products originates from the DRC. Meanwhile, Samsung SDI another manufacturer that makes batteries for Samsung and Apple devices said it is impossible to determine  if the cobalt is sourced from DRC.

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Yes! They are trying to get out of the situation by feigning ignorance, but, what is more saddening is that the richest tech companies in the world are not taking steps to trace the source of the materials they use despite the fact that 50% of the World’s cobalt come from DRC.
After reading various comments online, I realized that nobody is faulting the tech companies because they feel Huayou is to blame. Very true, but it is also imperative that these companies take responsibility for the effect their product manufacturing process has on people.
What do you think?

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12 comments on “Reports: Major Tech Companies Buy Batteries From Suppliers That Employ Children.

  1. FELIX says:

    Its very bad of them… And will be too bad if those children are not well paid and taken good care of

  2. OBÁDÁRÀ says:

    …The tech companies are not to blame,its the firm that’s selling the raw materials that should be blamed. If you buy vegetable at the market, how will you be blamed because the boy that fetched it for the market seller is a 6years old boy who should be in school but is not in school?…

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      how will you tell me they are not to blame, if they take regulations seriously btw regulaytions in the us forbade child labour even if it is a means to an end

      1. Kaybang says:

        make i no lie. If it were me, i won’t give a sh*t how d cobalt was gotten. Might sound a bit cold but that’s literally what all businesses would do. Regulations or no regulations. The world is cruel 🙁 🙁

        1. KyLe West says:

          At least…..someone’s gotta have a heart….and misstechy does. Mininig is in itself dangerous……even d adults are at great risk….you can imagine a company or whatever….. employing kids to such work either to avoid paying huge wages or something else…..whaetver the reason is…it doesnt change the fact that they are “Vampires”….that”s cruelty

          1. Kaybang says:

            *sniffs* :'( :'(

  3. oladimeji says:

    i think they should take the matter more serious because if they don’t nobody will…… and before you know it nobody will be talking about the solution too it anymore

  4. Kaybang says:

    diamonds are forev….. Oh, sorry….
    Cobalts are forever(forever, forever),
    throw ur batteries in the sky if u feel d vibe
    Cobalts are forever(forever, forever)
    our phones are still alive everytime i rhyme.
    Forever ever? Forever ever? Ever, ever? Ever, ever? Ever, ever? Ever, ever?……

      1. Kaybang says:

        🙂 😀

  5. May god save our children from this kind of labour, i seriously blame the tech companies, i be the know of this act
    I hope amnesty international will do something about this.

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