• Digging for change

    Digging for change

    Part two of a guest feature by  David Sturmes, Director of Programme and Operations at the Impact Facility. In 2018 Fairphone has partnered with global lighting company Signify, the Chinese cobalt refiner Huayou Cobalt and the Impact Facility (TIF), a social business dedicated to improving the livelihoods of artisanal miners ...

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  • The charged debate around cobalt

    The charged debate around cobalt

    Part one of a guest feature by  David Sturmes, Director of Programme and Operations at the Impact Facility. Few if any minerals have polarised the public as much as cobalt. The battery metal allows us to store energy more efficiently, stabilizing batteries and allowing frequent recharging – an essential attribute ...

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  • Let’s make fair, sustainable mining the new normal

    Let’s make fair, sustainable mining the new normal

    It’s been just over three months since the spread of COVID-19 turned Fairphone’s Amsterdam headquarters into a virtual workspace. But as I write this from the privilege and comfort of my home, that change feels tiny within the bigger picture. As part of the Fairphone Impact Innovation team, I ...

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  • Research spotlight: How much does a miner earn?

    Research spotlight: How much does a miner earn?

    Long before we made a single phone, Fairphone was working to better understand and improve mineral supply chains. Many years and three phones later, we’re still focusing on our mission of driving important materials projects and pioneering research that has a positive impact on how materials are sourced, used ...

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  • Cobalt mining: It’s time to face the facts and invest in making improvements

    Cobalt mining: It’s time to face the facts and invest in making improvements

    This week, US-based human rights firm International Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit accusing major international manufacturers of profiting from the labor of children working in dangerous, and sometimes deadly, conditions in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). An article in the Guardian summarizes the scope ...

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  • The industry is listening: Uganda Gold Partnership wins Responsible Business Award

    The industry is listening: Uganda Gold Partnership wins Responsible Business Award

    We’re very proud to announce that the Uganda Gold initiative won the Responsible Business Partnership of the Year Award. With the combined expertise of UNICEF, the Fairtrade Foundation, Royal Philips, Hivos/Stop Child Labour and Solidaridad, we work with artisanal small-scale mines (ASM) in Uganda to establish a sustainable, traceable gold ...

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  • Uganda Gold Partnership nominated for Responsible Business Award 2019

    Uganda Gold Partnership nominated for Responsible Business Award 2019

    We are delighted that the Uganda Gold Partnership was recently nominated for the Responsible Business Award 2019 in the category ‘Partnership of the Year’. This partnership is a joint collaboration between Fairphone, Hivos/Stop Child Labour, Fairtrade Foundation, Solidaridad, UNICEF, and Royal Philips to support a more responsible approach to ...

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  • Scaling up Fairtrade gold sourcing in our supply chain

    Scaling up Fairtrade gold sourcing in our supply chain

    Every material in your smartphone has its own story to tell. Since Fairphone began, we’ve been helping to shed light on those stories, by mapping our supply chain, tracking what’s used in our products and making step-by-step improvements. Gold is one of our key focus materials – an essential, ...

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  • Partnering up for progress: Sourcing responsible gold in Uganda

    Partnering up for progress: Sourcing responsible gold in Uganda

    Gold will never lose its allure. It’s useful, beautiful, rare, and an essential material for many different products. However, many parts of the gold sector remain tainted by environmental destruction, conflict and human rights abuses. Currently, only a limited amount of small scale gold mines can meet standards as ...

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