Apple, Samsung Accused of Using Batteries With Cobalt Mined by Children

Cobalt used in batteries for phones, laptops and electric vehicles could come from mines in Democratic Republic of Congo that use child labour, an Amnesty International report said on Tuesday. Working with campaign group African Resources Watch (Afrewatch), Amnesty accused technology giants including Apple, Samsung SDI and Sony of lax oversight of the supply of cobalt from mines in Congo to smelters and on to battery-makers. As a result, consumer products sold across the globe could contain traces of the metal produced each year by informal Congolese mines without companies…

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