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On-site visit to cobalt mines in Congo, April 2017

Just a couple months ago in April, I went to the DRC together with team member Sylvain, to continue our quest for more responsibly mined materials. This time was all about cobalt, a critical material we need to produce our battery. For some part, we were joined by a documentary crew that is following us […]

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  • Fairphone wants to increase global supply of fair gold

    Last Monday, members of the Fairphone team were in The Hague for the signing of a gold covenant, which aims to increase the supply of responsibly sourced gold. We were one of the signatories celebrating the kickoff of this initiative spearheaded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and co-signed by a variety of parties […]

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  • Zooming in on 10 materials and their supply chains

    In February, I introduced you to the first steps of the materials scoping study that we completed with the help of The Dragonfly Initiative (TDI). To recap, we reviewed 38 materials found in the Fairphone 2 to gain a better understanding of the social and sustainability issues associated with each of them, plus the opportunities […]

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  • Fairphone’s online support gets a refresh

    In our last customer support update, we hinted at some improvements we were working on to give you a better experience. And we’re ready to share a big one: have a look at our updated customer support section! We rearranged the layout, improved some content and added a couple of great new features to make […]

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  • Growing the Fairphone team and hiring a Managing Director

    *Updated 1 May: We are no longer accepting applications for the Managing Director vacancy. If there’s one thing that’s true about running a young social enterprise, it’s that you never have time to sit still. We’re constantly adapting, solving new-to-us problems, making big decisions and learning as we go. But through all these hectic daily […]

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  • Share your Fairphone love and help friends save €40

    The Fairphone community is the heart and soul of our movement for fair electronics. Because you mean so much to us, we’ve created a special new program just for Fairphone fans and their friends. It’s pretty simple: if you know someone who wants to buy a Fairphone 2, you can invite them to save €40 […]

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  • Android 6.0 coming to the Fairphone 2

    After months of hard work, our software team is excited to announce that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will soon be available for the Fairphone 2. This upgrade will offer Fairphone owners better security, longer battery life and improved functionality, to name just a few of the advantages. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits, changes […]

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  • New EU conflict mineral legislation: another step towards industry-wide change

    Last week Thursday, Members of the European Parliament voted with a great majority for the new legislation on the responsible sourcing of four conflict minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. Because this topic is at the heart of our goals, I wanted to briefly look at the new law, its wider implications and what it […]

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  • Mobile World Congress 2017: Can tech go green?

    Early this week, we arrived back at the office after four exhausting but fulfilling days at Mobile World Congress (MWC). My head is still spinning from all the inspiring people we met and non-stop activities we participated in. While everything is still fresh in my mind, I’d like to take a moment to fill you […]

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  • How recyclable is the Fairphone 2?

    From the dawn of the industrial era up to today, the majority of our products have been created according to the principles of a linear economy: we find resources, make a product, and then dispose of it when we’re done using it. But in recent years, there’s been growing awareness of the need to move […]

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