This report builds on This is What We Die For (AFR 62/3183/2016), first published by Amnesty International and Afrewatch in 2016, which showed how cobalt mined by children and adults in hazardous conditions in the DRC entered the supply chains of many of the world’s biggest brands. This report assesses the policies and practices of 29 companies and how much their cobalt-sourcing practices have improved since then. While there have been signs of progress by some companies, too many continue to lag behind. Company responses sought in the production of this report can be found in document AFR 62/7418/2017 available on this website.
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