Several major manufacturers have been accused of using child labor. A new study claims that some companies, including Samsung and the Sony, are not doing enough to solve the problem.
The report says that the cobalt – a component used for the production of lithium-ion batteries in smart phones – is mined mostly children under the age of seven years. This is not the first time when the technology giants have come under fire of criticism because of the working conditions for those who produce components for devices.
Children’s charity UNICEF fund claims that approximately 40,000 children are currently working in the mines in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The metal produced by these workers, is then used to make the products sold by companies such as Sony, Samsung.
Consumers have virtually no idea where the purchased materials, which are in the final product, but it can be argued that the companies with huge amounts of resources must be able to ensure the supply without the use of child labor and improve working conditions to an acceptable level.
Like Sony, as well as the Samsung, in the BBC responded by saying that none of the companies does not allow the use of child labor in the supply of components.