support fairtrade gold with your next smartphone

by:Rocket PCB     2019-09-30
Smartphones contain dozens of minerals from every corner of the world, including gold commonly used in printed circuit boards (PCBs)
Due to its excellent conductivity and other ingredients.
Of course, it does not exist only in mobile phones.
The electronics industry is the world\'s third-largest consumer of gold, second only to the jewelry industry and the financial industry.
However, to put it mildly, the path of gold from the mine to your electronics is usually problematic.
First of all, gold is the four conflict minerals to find out Dodd-
Frank Act, which means it is known to fund rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Even outside the conflict area, gold mining has brought various social and environmental challenges, such as land disputes
Standard wages, unsafe working conditions, child labor and mercury contamination.
In any case, many communities around the world must rely on gold mines as their main source of income.
For all of these reasons, and more, Fairphone has been trying to find a way to integrate the gold that is being mined more responsibly into our smartphone supply chain.
In January 2016, we reached an important milestone: together with our partners, we achieved the first
Gold supply chain in consumer electronics industry.
Read on and learn more about how we can build a pilot project on fair trade gold procurement.
A smartphone contains about 30 mg of gold, 6-
9 mg found on the printed circuit board (PCB)
Finding more responsible minerals with the help of our partners, part of our mission to create fairer electronics, Fairphone has been drawing materials used in our phones and doing it step by step
With the first Fairphone, we made sure (
And continue to support)
Procurement conflict initiatives
Release Tin and ta from DRC, we are currently integrating conflicts
Free tungsten supply from Rwanda to our supply chain.
But there are bigger challenges in purchasing fairer gold.
We can\'t join the existing supply chain plan to resolve the conflict.
Free from Congo (Kim )-
Building one from scratch is beyond our reach.
However, there is a responsible mining plan that we may connect to the Fairphone supply chain: Gold certified by Fairtrade.
Although it does not come from conflict areas, fair trade is particularly attractive due to emphasis on improving working conditions and providing direct development impact for artisanal miners.
The source of our search for fair trade gold is first to understand where gold comes from and where gold ends up coming from in our phones. (
For more information, check out our blog posts and videos visiting China with partner AT&T)
Tracking the gold used in Fairphone 2 along the way, we found that the smartphone contains about 30 mg of gold, 6-
9 mg found on the printed circuit board (PCB).
Our PCB manufacturer AT&T has a very advanced view of sustainability and they are eager to join forces to explore the possibility of connecting gold certified for fair trade to the supply chain.
The gold found on the Pcb is applied using an electroplating process, which means that AT & S immerse the part of the pcb in a liquid solution containing gold.
The gold in this solution comes from the gold salt particles
So the next step in the chain is to connect with the gold salt supplier: Zhaojin kangford.
After our previous attempt to bring fair trade gold into China was at a dead end (
Because all gold in the country is traded through the Shanghai Gold Exchange)
Zhao Jin Canford provided us with a solution.
In short, they are able to import fair trade certified gold through their headquarters in Hong Kong for their gold salt manufacturing plant in Yantai, China.
AT & S and Fairphone visit to Joaquin cantfair trade gold: With the support of our partners and the help of Max Havelaar in the Netherlands, from a mine in Peru to a mine in China we have now set up a pilot project from Minera sotrami s. get gold. A. in Peru.
Minera SOTRAMI has 164 shareholders and employs 260 miners and 5 engineers.
Gold mined here meets fair trade standards for gold and precious metals, including strict social, economic and environmental regulations and child protection policies.
The mine provides a minimum price and premium guarantee for fair trade for 500 families and miners, contributing to the sustainable development of the community. Minera SOTRAMI.
Within a Fair Trade Certified Gold Mine in Peru, Peru, gold is shipped to Valcambi, a major refinery in Switzerland, which is licensed for processing of fair trade certified gold.
Once the refining is completed, we will buy a small amount of gold and then export it to the gold and gold processing plant in Yantai, China.
There, Fair Trade Certified Gold will be mixed with gold from other sources (
Called quality-balance)
Make the gold salt used by AT&T to plating PCBs.
Fair trade goldA supply chain pilot and industrial cooperation
Fair Trade Certified Gold arrived safely in Hong Kong on January 25, 2016.
By establishing this pilot project, it is now the first fair trade.
Authorized consumer electronics companies.
Although gold cannot be traced back to a specific batch of gold salt AT & S, this is the first time gold has been physically traced back to our gold salt
Suppliers in China.
If you buy a fair call 2, you can be sure that you support the fair trade gold miners and their communities in Peru.
For us, this whole process reaffirms the importance of building close relationships with suppliers to better understand our supply chain and influence material procurement.
By purchasing gold certified for fair trade, we want to prove to others in the industry that it is possible to map the supply chain and support responsible mining plans.
While we are proud of our achievements, it is important to note that this is a pilot project that requires only a small amount of gold.
In fact, expanding the fair trade gold supply chain for consumer electronics will require new pricing structures, licensing and logistics, as well as the needs of manufacturers much larger than ours.
We certainly can\'t do everything on our own, but by finding the right partner to get consumers more aware of these issues, we are moving in the right direction.
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