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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fairer materials – a list of the 10 we’re focusing on

    Because we want to change the way products are made, one of our principal aims is to support fair materials and incorporate them into our smartphones. However, mobile phones contain hundreds of different materials, combining more than 40 elements in fact (about one-third of the existing elements in the periodic table) and because it’s impossible […]

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  • Fairphone 2 good vibrations with conflict-free tungsten

    Today we’ve got a new reason to celebrate: Conflict-free tungsten is now part of the Fairphone supply chain! With this achievement, Fairphone can finally announce that we set up traceable supply chains for all four internationally-recognized conflict minerals.

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  • Our latest step to integrate conflict-free tungsten: visiting the mine in Rwanda

    At Fairphone, we care about the materials in our phone and want to inspire the entire industry to source more responsibly. With this in mind, we’ve been working with our supply chain partners to integrate conflict-free tungsten into our supply chain, specifically in the vibration motor of Fairphone 2. Last week, we visited the mine […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Supporting fairer mineral initiatives with the Fairphone 2

    Before we produced a single smartphone, Fairphone started as a campaign to increase awareness of conflict minerals in consumer electronics. We now focus on creating a positive impact in a wider range of areas in our value chain, but the topic of conflict minerals remains close to our hearts.

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