Dec 16, 2019
Top tech firms sued over DR Congo cobalt mining deaths
AFP Apple, Google, Tesla and Microsoft are among firms named in a lawsuit seeking damages over deaths and injuries of child miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They accuse the companies of knowing that cobalt used in their products could be linked to child labour. DR Congo produces 60% of the world's supply of cobalt. The lawsuit filed in the US argues that the tech companies had "Specific knowledge" that the cobalt sourced for their products could be linked to child labour. Other companies listed in the lawsuit are computer manufacturer Dell and mining companies, Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt and Glencore, who own the minefields where the Congolese families allege their children worked.
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