Perhaps a new App is not the answer…

By Rhona Murray Hi Steve, I’d planned to buy a new iPhone tomorrow – my first upgrade since buying the very first version on the first day of its release – but I’m hesitant without knowing Apple’s position on sourcing the minerals in its products. Are you currently making any effort to source conflict-free minerals? … Continue reading

Certification: A Core Issue

By Rhona Murray The mineral journey between mine and mobile phone may be traceable in succinct steps but can include up to fifteen companies along the way. Implementing a certification mechanism, as was attempted by the Kimberly Process for diamonds, requires high levels of collaboration between companies, industries, regional governments, international partner governments, civil society, … Continue reading

The Law and Conflict Minerals: The precedent

By Funmi Ogunlusi The precedent for regulations of some sort guiding the extraction and sale of so-called “conflict minerals” can be seen to be the Kimberly Process. Fully known as the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), this is an international agreement enacted by the UN General Assembly in 2003. It’s purpose was to tackle the … Continue reading

The Law and Conflict Minerals: Today

By Funmi Ogunlusi Having discussed the background against which the regulation of conflict minerals can be set, this article will now look at the situation as it is today. Recent laws enacted to this effect include the US Financial Reform Act and the UK Bribery Act. These pieces of legislation were put forward by their … Continue reading

The New iPhone 4 CF: Just an ideal?

By Rhona Murray In November 2010, Apple was attacked by the Yes Men, an activist NGO specialising in high publicity pranks against corporations believed to be operating unethically. The Yes Men constructed an identical Apple website and launched the iPhone 4 CF. The iPhone 4 CF was advertised as ‘conflict-free’, identical to the current iPhone but … Continue reading

Conflict Minerals and Rape in the Congo

Just in the fiscal 2011 first quarter, apple sold 16.24 million iPhones, recording 86 percent unit growth since the first quarter of the previous year.  Added on to the total of 73.5 million at the fourth fiscal quarter of 2010, the grand total amounts to nearly 90 million iPhones sold since its launch.  Consumers can … Continue reading

Conflict Minerals Fuel War in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Eastern Congo suffers from the most deadliest conflict since World War II, which is sometimes referred to as Africa’s World War.  According to a study by the International Rescue Committee, the conflict and humanitarian crisis has taken the lives of 5.4 million people since 1998, and the figure continues to add on by as many … Continue reading

The Other Side of Apple: iPhone Consumers

By Rhona Murray Apple ranks as a middle tier company in terms of its progress towards eradicating conflict minerals from the supply chain of Apple products. With a brand value of $29.5 billion, why is this still not a priority? And what do Apple consumers think of this? Or are they also complicit on this front? We … Continue reading

Coltan mining & its environmental impacts

Other than military conflicts the current growth of mining industry in western Africa has also caused a lot of environmental problems in the region. In the case of DR Congo many mining sites are actually located in the eastern side of the country where a lot of natural reserves with rich ecological values are located. … Continue reading

What an iphone is actually made of?

What an iphone is actually made of? According to a report recently released by Apple iphone is actually made by a list of materials like glass, stainless steel, plastic and some other materials. However for the most important component of an iphone, the circuit board, only very few detail information was released by that report. … Continue reading