More people should become aware of this kind of child labour! What do you think?
The chances of your phone’s battery being made using cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are, as Statista’s Martin Armstrong notes in this chart using data cited in Statista’s DossierPlus ‘Mining Industry in Africa‘ shows, very high.
The country, ranked 166 out of 180 countries on Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (with a score of just 20 out of a possible 100), and with an estimated one million people living in modern slavery as of 2018, also happens to be the world’s largest producer of the metal key to lithium-ion battery production.
The use of child labor in the mining of cobalt in DRC is well documented, with the U.S. Department of Labor estimating that 40,000 children, some as young as 6 years old, work in the mines there.
5 thoughts on “Your Phone Runs on Cobalt from Democratic Republic of Congo”
So many still using child labour… Its the same with the batteries for Electric Cars.. ALL mined…
Yes, Sue, it is terrible, that we profit from this kind of child labour.
The people who claim to care about Human Rights don’t seem to care about this.
We are in a bind here, Dawn, all of us who did get used to this absolutely wonderful prosperity:
Even though we would love, that Human Rights be observed everywhere, we still want to hang on onto this marvellous prosperity, even at the cost of child labour in these mines and other inhuman treatments in a lot of places.
On top of it comes, that most people in our prosperous world, aren’t even aware most of the time, how Human Rights are totally ignored in some places!
You are right, Aunty!