• Digging deep for responsible aluminum

    Digging deep for responsible aluminum

    You probably don’t think about aluminum a lot. We do – it’s one of our 14 focus materials. But we really dug deep when we decided the Fairphone 4 was going to have an aluminum case rather than plastic. And it turns out, aluminum is really interesting. Start with this: ...

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  • We’ve scaled Fairtrade gold

    We’ve scaled Fairtrade gold

    We have paved the way to source more Fairtrade gold! Together with Fairtrade, we have partnered with Hirose Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan in order to integrate more Fairtrade gold into our supply chain. Our relationship with Hirose and Fairtrade continues our support of ASM gold projects and miners. ...

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  • Fair Tungsten: From conflict-free to building community

    Fair Tungsten: From conflict-free to building community

    Studies show we’re making an impact in Rwanda In the north of Rwanda, near the city of Kidao, one of the country’s oldest tungsten mines is proving us right. Fairphone started out as a campaign to prove the phone industry could stop using materials that finance conflict and human rights abuses. ...

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  • Fairphone stepping up on fair lithium

    Fairphone stepping up on fair lithium

    Here at Fairphone we have joined and are members of several sustainable and ethical initiatives that address both social and environmental issues. From being B Corp certified to receiving a gold certification from Fairtrade, we always strive for excellence. More recently, we have become a member of IRMA (Initiative ...

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  • Into the deep

    Into the deep

    Remember our Materials 101 series of blogs where we introduced the distinction between artisanal mining (ASM) and large-scale mining? Well, potentially, there is another type of mining to enter the mix: deep-sea mining or DSM. How does DSM connect to responsible, fair materials? The answer is not so easy ...

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  • Tackling child labor: A joint force

    Tackling child labor: A joint force

    A consortium of partners, led by Fairphone, implemented a project in Busia, Uganda from July 2017 until March 2021. The project aim was to improve and support the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities by eradicating child labor and establishing a sustainable, traceable gold supply chain that creates a ...

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  • How can “Fair Sourcing” change the electronics industry?

    How can “Fair Sourcing” change the electronics industry?

    At Fairphone, we get lots of questions. From “how much does the Fairphone 3 cost?” to “what is the current approach to the living wage in China?”, there’s a constant flow of information in and out of the Fairphone HQ. One of the most common questions, though, is one ...

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  • Our North Star: The Material Roadmap

    Our North Star: The Material Roadmap

    At Fairphone, we continuously strive for a transparent product. We tell you everything we know about what goes into your phone, but we also know there is more to know. We collected full materials declaration on more than 90% of the components used in our phone, and through a ...

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  • Fair Materials 101: Going beyond conflict-free materials

    Fair Materials 101: Going beyond conflict-free materials

    Everyone who has read the book or seen the movie Blood Diamond knows something about conflict materials. They’re raw materials or minerals that come from a particular part of the world where war or armed struggle is occurring, affecting the mining and trading of those materials. The conflict focuses ...

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