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Despite Clean-Up Vows, Smartphones and Electric Cars Still Keep Miners Digging by Hand in Congo

September 13, 2018 2:48 PM
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Supply chains at Apple, VW and others still include the owner of a mine where workers produce cobalt without safety equipment

KOLWEZI, Congo—Apple Inc., Volkswagen AG and about 20 other global manufacturers found themselves on the defense when Amnesty International reported two years ago that the cobalt in some of their batteries was dug up by Congolese miners and children under inhumane conditions. Many of the companies s...

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