Around 30 different metals and other resources are used to make our mobile phones work. Their extraction is mostly connected with social and ecological problems: Large areas are destroyed for the extraction of the mineral ores, the work in the mines is often extraordinary dangerous and low wages and child labor are not uncommon. In conflict areas like the eastern part of the DR of the Congo the resource trade is associated with the funding of the ongoing war. The resources are usually processed in low-wage countries, often in connection with health hazards, massive pressure and force to do extra hours, to receive individual parts of the mobile phone.
SÜDWIND is committed to oblige companies to ensure the respect of human rights along their whole value chain of mobile phones and calls for more sustainable consumption and subsequent properly recycling of worn out devices.