Samsung comes clean over dirty tin
Samsung has admitted to using tin sourced from Indonesia's Bangka Island, where an investigation in 2012 by the Guardian and Friends of the Earth (FoE) had found that unregulated tin mining depends on child labour, wrecks the environment and kills an estimated 150 miners every year.
The admission follows pressure from customers and FoE who had contacted Samsung demanding the company investigate the human and environmental cost of its tin sourcing. Samsung stated, 'While we do not have a direct relationship with tin suppliers from Bangka Island, we do know that some of the tin that we use for manufacturing our products does originate from this area'.
Samsung continued by stating it was 'undertaking a thorough investigation of our supply chain in the region to better understand what is happening and what part we play'.
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