This September, Apple launched its latest gadget, the iPhone 7. Thousands of people scrambled to buy it as soon as it was released. Others will wait until the winter holiday shopping season to purchase it for loved ones. But beyond its new features, how many consumers think about the working conditions of those who mined the minerals that go into their new phones, along with our tablets and laptops?
Child miners work long hours in hazardous conditions in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The cobalt is used to make batteries for electronics devices.
Amnesty International is urging Apple to investigate its supply chain to ensure that it does not use child labour.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
GATHER SIGNATURES on our petition to Apple.
GATHER SIGNATURES on our petition to Samsung.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA use the hashtag #notinmyphone and tweet @Apple.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA take a selfie holding a sign with a message for your cell phone company.