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Building a foundation for more responsible gold mining in Uganda

Responsible material sourcing has been at the heart of the Fairphone story since our early days as an awareness campaign about conflict minerals. This week, we’re pleased to share some noteworthy updates on one of our priority materials for supply chain improvements: gold.

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  • A closer look at our efforts to improve cobalt sourcing

    A closer look at our efforts to improve cobalt sourcing

    Project Update, 14 June 2018: We’re continuing to make progress with responsible cobalt sourcing, and are excited to announce that we’ve expanded our partnership as lighting company Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) has joined our efforts! Together, we’ll continue working to connect cobalt from artisanal mine sites that meet baseline standards to our battery supply chains, sourced through Huayou […]

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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