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February 3, 2016

Sony says no 'obvious' DRC link to cobalt in its products

As Metal Bulletin continues its series of articles on the report published by Amnesty International, outlining allegations of human rights abuses in the artisanal cobalt mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we look at some of the responses from the major consumer brands named in the report.
Multinational technology conglomerate Sony was named in the report as being a customer of battery component manufacturer Ningbo Shanshan, which Amnesty claims can trace its cobalt supply back to Huayou Cobalt and subsidiary China Dongfang Mining International (CDM), and in turn, back to the DRC. In the report, Amnesty claims that Sony did not specify whether it had traced cobalt supplies back to the smelter and that it did not provide evidence that it had asked its smelters whether they had sourced the cobalt responsibly - "ie, identified and addressed human rights risks, such as child labour". "On its website, Sony details its due diligence policy...
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