Is my phone powered by child labour?
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 and laptops. Yet electronics manufacturers – global brands including Apple and Samsung – 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 cell phone. Order stickers here.
- Take a "selfie" or ask a friend to take a photo of you holding a sign with a personal message to your cell phone company. Email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tweet the photo using the hashtag #notinmyphone. The message on your sign might say "Does my phone contain cobalt mined by children?"
- Share the campaign on Facebook
- Retweet our Tweet.
- Are you youth, a parent, teacher or care giver? Here is a Lifesaver action specifically for youth.
- Volunteer with Amnesty's Business and Human Rights program. Email email@example.com
- Watch this 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"
- Read Amnesty's news release.