Last year Amnesty International’s investigation revealed how cobalt mined by children as young as seven and adults in hazardous conditions in the artisanal mining sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo enters the supply chain of many of the world’s leading electronic brands.
Last year Amnesty supporters around the world sent letters to global electronics companies urging them to address human rights abuses in their supply chain. Some companies, such as Apple, heard our recommendations and are now taking concrete steps to investigate their cobalt supply chain. But other electronics giants have not – including Microsoft.
It is time Microsoft took some responsibility for the mining of materials that go into the company’s lucrative products.