Mining

How we got Fairtrade certified gold in the Fairphone 2 supply chain

Smartphones contain dozens of minerals sourced from every corner of the globe, including gold, which is commonly used in printed circuit boards (PCBs) as well as other wiring and components due to its excellent conductivity. And of course, it’s not only found in phones. Gold is an essential material in many of today’s consumer electronics, and the electronics industry is the third largest consumer of gold worldwide, (…)

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Mining

Supporting conflict-free tungsten in Rwanda

With Fairphone 2 we continue our journey to open up the supply chain, trace materials back to the source and stimulate responsible sourcing together with our suppliers. For tin and tantalum, we continue to work with traceability initiatives that support mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. For gold, we are progressing with our goal to integrate Fairtrade gold in our supply chain for the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) of the Fairphone 2. (…)

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Design

Software features of the Fairphone 2

Now that the Fairphone 2 is in the hands of our first owners, we want to give the entire community a peek into Fairphone’s own flavor of the operating system based on the foundation of Android™ 5.1 Lollipop. (…)

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News

Fairphone 2 starts shipping across Europe

Delivery of the Fairphone 2 has begun! Join us as the first Fairphone 2 makes its final journey to its owner. Below is a live map with the current location of the first phone. (Updated: The phone made it! The map is now offline, but you can see a screenshot below). You can find live pictures it’s taking from inside its box at the end of this post. (…)

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Manufacturing

December production update: How production, workforce and delivery are intertwined

As Value Chain Director, I work to increase positive social and environmental impact throughout our product’s value chain, and that’s a pretty long chain, starting with mineral sourcing, and extending through manufacturing, design and life cycle. As I’m a recent addition to the team, I’ve immediately started working with the product and operations teams to look at production issues while maintaining Fairphone’s social values. (…)

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News

SAR, spare parts and everything you need to know about your Fairphone 2

During the past week the Fairphone office has been filled with excitement and anticipation as we put the finishing touches on everything that needs to be done as we are getting closer to production. And we’re pleased to report that the final ratings we were waiting for have finally arrived – with excellent results. For those of you who have already pre-ordered a Fairphone 2, (…)

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Life Cycle

Guest blog. iFixit on Fairphone 2: The first truly smart smartphone

Editor’s Note: This week we hear from Matthias Huisken, the Director of iFixit Europe. iFixit is a global online repair community renowned for open source repair manuals and product teardowns. At iFixit, we’ve taken apart close to a thousand mobile phones. Here’s one that’s truly different, finally. It does not shut you out. It invites you in. (…)

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Mining

Digging deeper into the gold supply chain with our partner AT&S

Developing the Fairphone 2 has given us the opportunity to start working more closely with individual suppliers. Besides our first tier supplier Hi-P, we’ve recently introduced you to second-tier supplier GSN. In this blogpost, we want to update you on our efforts to open up the gold supply chain and introduce you to our partner AT&S, (…)

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News

October Production and Delivery Update

In April 2015, I joined Fairphone as the Director of Operations. My role covers everything from operations strategy and customer support, to supplier management and production planning. And with the Fairphone 2 well on its way, it’s also my responsibility to keep you updated about our production and delivery schedule. (…)

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