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Cobalt mined by children are used in smartphones and other electronics products

John Ribeiro | Jan. 19, 2016
Amnesty International has identified Apple and Samsung as using cobalt mined by children.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a rule in 2012 that requires companies to publicly disclose their use of "conflict minerals" that include tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten originated in the DRC or an adjoining country. The minerals are described as conflict materials because their sale benefit armed groups in these countries.

The cobalt market is not regulated and it does not fall under existing conflict minerals rules in the U.S., according to the Amnesty International report.

 

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