Action plan strategy #NotInMyPhone: Tell Apple - Samsung to Stop Using Cobalt from Child Labour

Sign the petition telling Apple and Samsung to investigate their cobalt supply chain and prove they are addressing human rights abuses
Take a pic of yourself with a sign saying “Apple/Samsung, does child labour power my phone?” and post it to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #NotInMyPhone. (And email it to bhr@amnesty.ca so we can collect them all).
Take part in our letter-writing campaign to Apple and Samsung -- you can use our sample letter or write your own.

Still 196 participations needed to achieve 500
The objective of our action

Change

Why a petition ?

It's time for Apple to take responsibility. You have the power to make them listen. Tell Apple you want them to investigate their cobalt supply chain and prove they are addressing human rights abuses.

Against who/what is this petition aim at.

Apple

Required action

Tell Apple to investigate their cobalt supply chain and prove they are addressing human rights abuses.

The petition

APPLE: IS THERE CHILD LABOUR IN YOUR PHONES? Tell Apple to investigate and address the human rights abuses behind their devices. STOP HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN COBALT MINING Cobalt is a key component in the rechargeable batteries that power our portable electronic devices like smartphones and laptops. Half of the world’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Amnesty International has documented adults and children as young as seven working in hazardous conditions without any protective clothing or equipment. They risk their lives every times they go underground to mine this precious black rock. One boy named Paul told Amnesty International that he often worked for 24 hours straight in an underground tunnel mining cobalt when he was only 12 years old. He was paid $1-2 dollars a day. Other children spend hours working on the surface sorting, sifting, washing and transporting heavy sacks of cobalt ore. CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS SEVEN ARE WORKING LONG HOURS IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. Electronics giant Apple has admitted they don't really know where their cobalt comes from. The company is failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers and adults working in dangerous conditions has not been used in their lucrative products. It's time for Apple to take responsibility. You have the power to make them listen. Tell Apple you want them to investigate their cobalt supply chain and prove they are addressing human rights abuses. --- Dear Apple, It is important to me that my electronics do not contain cobalt mined by child labourers or by adults working in hazardous conditions. Accordingly, I request that Apple publicly disclose on its website the following: * Whether the cobalt in your company’s products has been mined by child labourers or adults working in hazardous conditions; * If not, the steps your company has taken to verify this information; * If yes, the steps your company has taken to address child labour or adults working in hazardous conditions in your supply chain (e.g. collaboration with governments and suppliers); * Provide the names of cobalt smelters/refiners in your company’s supply chain (including identification of where the cobalt was sourced), as well as their due diligence policies and practices. This is too big an issue to ignore. Your immediate action is urgently required. Yours truly,

Still 52 participations needed to achieve 200
The objective of our action

Change

Pourquoi faire cette action?

Most people say they have a zero tolerance policy for child labour. But this promise is not worth the paper it's written when the companies they buy from are not investigating their suppliers.

Description

Photograph yourself holding a sign saying “Samsung/Apple, Does child labour power my phone?” Post to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #notinmyphone. Email to bhr@amnesty.ca.

Still 78 participations needed to achieve 200
The objective of our action

Change

Why a letter campaign?

Your hand-written letters, combined with millions from around the world, can change a life. sending letters to those who can stop abuses will make a difference.

The letter
Please write a letter to Apple and/or Samsung. * Start your letter “Dear Apple” or “Dear Samsung”. * In your first sentence, tell them something about yourself – for example whether you use a cell phone, tablet or laptop. * Ask the company to make sure that the batteries in their products are not made using any child labour. Ask the company how they will fix the problem if they discover that their batteries are made using child labour. Here is a sample letter you can use to create your own: --- Dear Apple, It is important to me that my electronics do not contain cobalt mined by child labourers or by adults working in hazardous conditions. Accordingly, I request that Apple publicly disclose on its website the following: * Whether the cobalt in your company’s products has been mined by child labourers or adults working in hazardous conditions; * If not, the steps your company has taken to verify this information; * If yes, the steps your company has taken to address child labour or adults working in hazardous conditions in your supply chain (e.g. collaboration with governments and suppliers); * Provide the names of cobalt smelters/refiners in your company’s supply chain (including identification of where the cobalt was sourced), as well as their due diligence policies and practices. This is too big an issue to ignore. Your immediate action is urgently required. Yours truly, ---