Mobile industry to tackle Indonesia tin mining problems
Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG Electronics have all committed to urgent action to tackle the problem of tin mining in Indonesia following reports of the adverse effects it is having on tropical forests and local communities on the island of Bangka.
Environment charity Friends of the Earth (FoE) claims that the move has been prompted by its investigation into the devastation caused by mining for tin on Bangka. Tin is used as solder in all phones and electronic gadgets and around a third of the world's mined tin comes from Bangka and neighbouring island Belitung.
FoE maintains that the move by the big 5 now leaves Apple alone among the best-known brands in failing to answer to more than 24,000 customers who have asked if it sources tin from Indonesia's Bangka island.
Read the full story in the September issue of Ethical Performance.