In February our client Fairphone published the first half of the materials scoping study that we worked on with them since the end of 2016. This project analysed 38 of the mined materials typically found within smartphones to help Fairphone prioritise which to next engage in their quest to build fairer supply chains. Please see our previous blog post for further details on this part of the project, including the criteria and methodology used to screen the materials. The outcome of this study was a shortlist of ten materials which represent the best opportunity to intervene and create positive impact:
- Rare Earth Elements
The second half of this study has now been published, which explores each of these materials in greater depth.
The published report contains individual material profiles which map out where where each material is found within the phone, together with the function they perform and where they are produced in the world. Where the initial scoping study conducted a high level screening of all the materials according to the social and environmental issues which have been associated with their production, this report goes into greater detail with context-specific examples. Each material profile goes on to list examples of initiatives that are working to address these issues, supported by a secondary document which details each of initiatives and where they operate.
Where there are no known initiatives working to address a specific issue, these ‘gaps’ can be seen as potential opportunities for cross-sector collaborations and partnerships to start working towards positive solutions. In this sense the project is also a call-out to everyone engaged in mineral supply chains and keen to make a positive difference. Fairphone encourages the report to be shared* and welcomes contributions that refine and expand upon the information it contains.
Please see the Fairphone blog for further details and contact information.
*The report falls under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. However, no matter how you use it, we’d like to remind you to always credit The Dragonfly Initiative (TDI) and Fairphone for the work they have done compiling and analyzing this information.