The mining industry often suffers from negative perceptions. Besides contributing to social and environmental abuses, in some instances the minerals and metals found in your smartphone have been associated with financing conflict in the African Great Lakes region.
The Fairphone could represent a paradigm shift around technology and our connection to it. If they continue to make an impact in the marketplace, then perhaps my love-hate smartphone relationship will turn into a love affair.
Fairphone has been working to find a way to integrate more responsibly mined gold into our smartphone supply chain. Together with our partners, we achieved the first-ever Fairtrade gold supply chain in the consumer electronics industry.