Dec 11, 2013
Samsung Comes Clean About Blood Metal
Posted on Apr 25, 2013
The world’s best-selling smartphone manufacturer has acknowledged using tin sourced from Indonesia’s controversial Bangka Island, where an investigation last year found that unregulated mining employs child laborers and kills an estimated 150 miners every year while destroying the local environment.
The disclosure was prompted by intense pressure from the environmental charity Friends of the Earth and 15,000 of the company’s concerned customers. The informal lobby contacted Samsung, demanding that the company investigate the source of its tin.
In an email sent to the charity and its customers, Samsung said: “While we do not have a direct relationship with tin suppliers from Bangka Island, we do know that some of the tin that we use for manufacturing our products does originate from this area.”
It continued: “We are also undertaking a thorough investigation of our supply chain in the region to better understand what is happening, and what part we play.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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