Tech Giants Accused by Amnesty of Using Cobalt Dug by Children

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  • Mineral is vital component in smart phone, laptop batteries
  • Up to 20% of nation's cobalt may come from informal mining

In this file photograph, Sacks of cobalt are washed at a mine near Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Photographer: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images

Chinese companies that buy cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo and supply mobile-phone and laptop makers such as Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. aren’t fully checking their suppliers and may be acquiring the mineral from mines that rely on child labor, Amnesty International said.

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