So you probably noticed that I just included most major smartphone manufacturers in the world. Which means that every single one of these companies contributes to and perpetuates human rights violations. WHICH MEANS YOU DO, TOO.
For those that have never heard of Foxconn, it’s the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer based in Taiwan. Obviously as the largest in the world, they have all the major global electronic clients such as Apple, Amazon, Blackberry, Google, Huawei, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Xiaomi.
So you probably noticed that I just included most major smartphone manufacturers in the world. And I’m glad you’ve noticed that. Because Foxconn has a massive list of human rights grievances, which also means so do every single one of those companies and every single person that buys from these companies - meaning you.
Specifically Foxconn has been accused of horrible working conditions, factory explosions, illegal labor laws, but probably most notably, the ever-growing list of suicides amongst Foxconn workers.
But this is just one contract company that has a list of employees. Major companies like Apple and Samsung still also use gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten in their devices. The problem with this? These are well known conflict minerals that perpetuate violence and war in certain countries.
So yes. There is widespread human rights abuses that you pay for every day. Your device is literally the device of nightmares.
A company based in Amsterdam has created Fairphone, a social company dedicated to developing smartphones that minimize harm to people and the planet.
So what is the solution? I’m so glad you’ve asked. A company based in Amsterdam has created Fairphone, a social company dedicated to developing smartphones that minimize harm to people and the planet.
The Fairphone 1 first hit the market back in 2013, to not a lot of press, sadly. Frankly though, for the price, the specs were abysmal.
The Fairphone 2, however, will make it’s way to your door in November. Much better than it’s predecessor, this mid-range phone offers a 5-inch Full HD display, with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon quad-core 801 processor alongside 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD. It comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, and it has Dual SIM and LTE capacity. It has an 8 megapixel rear camera with 2 megapixels in the front, and a 2420 mAh removable battery, which is entirely decent, but more importantly, it is removable which is a feature that has slowly been removed from most lines.
It costs 525EUR and is made only to work in Europe. But I think it’s important to remember that it’s actually a good product in all areas. After all, you spend much more than that on an iPhone that is literally life threatening for people in so many places.
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