What is Microsoft Hiding?
Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) inhale toxic dust as they mine the cobalt that powers the batteries we rely on for our phones, tablets and laptops. Yet electronics manufacturers – global brands including Microsoft – won’t tell us if their cobalt supply chains are tainted by child labour. They have a responsibility to do so –to check for and address child labour in their supply chains, setting an example for the rest of the industry to follow.
- Put a "Warning: May contain child labour" sticker on your laptop or tablet. Order stickers here.
- Order postcards to Microsoft. Gather signatures on the postcards from your friends and neighbours and send them to Microsoft.
- Sign our e-petition to Microsoft.
- Create a visual message, such as a drawing, photo or video about this issue. Send it to Microsoft* and/or share it on social media using the hashtags #cobalt #humanrights #stopchildlabour and the handles @Microsoft @KevinPeesker @Amnestynow. Please send us a copy too.
- Write a letter to Microsoft*. Explain who you are and why you care about this issue. Urge Microsoft to publicly disclose on its website the following:
- whether cobalt in Microsoft products has been mined by child labourers or adults working in hazardous conditions;
- if no, the steps Microsoft has taken to verify this information;
- if yes, the steps Microsoft has taken to address human rights abuses in the cobalt supply chain;
- the names of cobalt smelters/refiners in Microsoft’s supply chain (including identification of where the cobalt was sourced), as well as their human rights due diligence policies and practices.
- *Send your letters to Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada, 1950 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON, L5N 8L9.
- If you belong to an Amnesty community group, we encourage you to host a public screening of the film "When Elephants Fight", a powerful documentary that explores the connection between mining in the DRC and the electronics industry. Contact us for more information.
- Subscribe to receive Amnesty Canada's Business and Human Rights e-newsletter.
- Volunteer with Amnesty's Business and Human Rights program.
- Share on Facebook
- Watch our new interactive video.
- Read this blog post.
- Watch a short video (1.5 minutes) or long video (8 minutes)
- Watch Amnesty interviewed on CBC News.
- Read Amnesty's full report "This is what we die for: Human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt" (Jan 2016).
- Read our cobalt progress report "Time to recharge: corporate action and inaction to tackle abuses in the cobalt supply chain" (Nov 2017).