This week, we're in the company of Bibi Bleekemolen, impact development manager at Fairphone, the smartphone business with a difference. How did this campaigning organisation go from banging the drum on supply chain ethics, to launching a smart smartphone with a super transparent supply chain – no mean feat of the often murky world of conflict minerals and widespread human rights abuse? We ask Bibi to reveal all.
Subjects explored include:
– Supply chain ethics – and big, fat problem with smartphones;
– The history of Fairphone as a campaigning movement;
– What does conflict-free mineral mining look like?
– How does Fairphone trace its components through the supply chain to ensure full traceability? And what does that mean, anyway?
– Why aren't big players – like Apple and Samsung – being more open in disclosing where their minerals and metals are coming from?
– The Dodd-Frank Act – and why it has been useful?
– Balancing the economic impact and the social impact of encouraging and supporting responsible mining in the developing world;
– How Fairphone's model might be replicated by others across the smartphone and electronics sector.
This week's news round-up features:
- 10 reasons why Glastonbury was greener than ever
– Block-Hood, the videograme teaching kids how to design smart cities
– Ludovico Einaudi's solemn Arctic gig
- The GlobeScan/SustainAbility 'Sustainability Leaders Survey', which has Unilever on top, yet again
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See you next Monday.