Apple, Samsung Tin Under Fire
The initiatives calls for large companies to be transparent about their supply-chain impacts, and pushes for Europe-wide legislation requiring companies to report this alongside their financial information.
In targeting Apple and Samsung, FOE alleges the two tech giants â€śalmost certainlyâ€ť use tin from Indonesiaâ€™s Bangka Island, and asks consumers to send an email asking the companies to make environmental commitments to Bangka and support a Europe-wide law next year.
According to a six-month FOE investigation published last week, tin mining is destroying forests, farmland and coral reefs, injuring miners and driving away fish and marine life, destroying fishermenâ€™s livelihoods.
The report says Indonesia is the worldâ€™s biggest exporter of tin, and about 90 percent of Indonesian tin comes from Bangka and Belitung, a nearby island to the south.
FOE says it contacted Apple and Samsung to ask if the companies sourced tin from Bangka and spokespeople â€śneither confirmed nor denied this.â€ť In addition to accusing Samsung over its own cell phone models, FOE says the company is part of Appleâ€™s supply chain. In this capacity Samsung’s suppliers include PT Timah, Shenmao and Chernan, which use Indonesian tin (see chart).
Last month, EPEAT verified that Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display and Samsung ultrathin notebooks have been verified as meeting the organizationâ€™s environmental standards.
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