The high-impact world of our hi-tech gadgets!
Electronic devices have become such an integral part of our daily lives that it’s hard to remember how we ever lived without internet, flat screens, and smartphones. We rely on them for daily communication, entertainment and work. Our gadgets make life easier, yet we don’t see the huge cost hidden behind this technology. more
The Shop Ethical! guide to Electronics, together with the Electronics Companion will help you unpack the story behind your devices and take steps to act responsibly in the light of the issues. You can make informed purchasing choices, and, as users of particular brands, encourage companies to make positive change in the areas you care about.
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- The Amnesty International and Afrewatch report, ‘This is what we die for: Human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt‘, January 2016, traces the sale of cobalt, used in lithium-ion batteries, from mines where children as young as seven and adults work in perilous conditions. See article.
- Greener Gadgets: Designing the future, Greenpeace report, September 2014, giving a comprehensive snapshot of the challenges for and progress achieved by the electronics industry.
- Rank-a-brand 2014 Sustainable Electronics report – provides an analysis of the transparency and sustainability performance of the top 20 global electronics brands.
- Behind the Barcode Electronics Industry Trends report, launched May 2014, assesses 39 electronics companies (whose brands are available in Australia) on their efforts to prevent worker exploitation and guarantee of a living wage for workers.
- Mileudefensie and Friend of the Earth report, December 2013, assessing and rating major electronics companies based on their transparency and support for sustainable tin mining on Bangka and Belitung in Indonesia.
- Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics report, 18th Edition, November 2012 – evaluates leading consumer electronics companies based on their commitment and progress in three environmental criteria: Energy and Climate, Greener Products, and Sustainable Operations.
- Enough Project report, Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets: Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012
- Reset, 2009 report on Corporate responsibility in Electronics sector, by European independent monitoring organisation Electronics Watch.
- How sustainable is your smartphone? – Guardian interactive resource, March 2014 – More than 40 elements used in smartphones are mined with untold environmental and social effects on every inhabited continent on earth.
Recent News – electronics
- Apple faces $19b tax bill after European Union rules Ireland dealings illegal – “The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to 13 billion euros to Apple,” a commission statement said. – 30 August 2016
- Apple iPhone 7 might ditch 3.5mm headphone port in favour of ‘thinnest design yet’ – In order to shave an extra millimetre from the design of its next generation smartphone…. Express – 1 December 2015
- Dell to buy EMC in $67 billion record tech deal – Computer-maker Dell Inc to buy data storage company EMC Corp. Reuters – 12 October 2015
- Apple’s Broken Promises – BBC (Panorama) Documentary on Apple in China & Indonesia – 18 December 2014
- Smugglers go unpunished over ‘tsunami’ of toxic electronic waste – Sydney Morning Herald, 25 September 2014
- Is Apple cleaning up its act on labour rights? The Guardian 6 March 2014
- Wanted: an ethical tablet The Guardian April 2012
- There Are No Ethical Electronics, So Buy Less Stuff Good Magazine February 2012
Ah – technology!