Friday, 6 June 2008

The true cost of a call?

New research has brought further evidence to light that the world’s biggest mobile phone companies are fuelling abuse, fraud and child labour in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Following CI’s recent feature on the questionable ethics of the mobile phone industry, CI’s corporate watchdog partner DanWatch have revealed cobalt mines in DR Congo are suppling Chinese companies that produce batteries for Samsung, LG, Motorola and Nokia. The investigation, which demonstrates the ease with which such commodity chains can be traced, flies in the face of phone company claims to not knowingly source from the war-ravaged region.

The report, Bad Connections, is accompanied by a harrowing set of images from the award-winning photographer Palani Mohan.

Get more on this and similar stories by visiting The Real Deal - CI’s ongoing investigation into unethical practices in international trade.

1 comment:

  1. thats horrible. how do they get away with these injustices?