ANGRY RANT/PLUGS: Companies can be real shits/hypocrites when it comes to their “environmental messages”.
Angry rant below, but I’m not going to hide it behind a cut, because people need to see it.
It really pisses me off to find out that the companies I’m going to contact (that use/don’t regulate their inport of conflict minerals) have really nice, environmental statements — but mention NOTHING about regulating their mineral imports.
You CANNOT say that you approach environmental sustainability with ideas that will “enrich the lives of people around the world" or that you follow the philosophy of Kyosei and that you involve “all people, regardless of race, religion, or culture” so that they may “harmoniously [live] and [work] together into the future”, and then leave out the fact that you just might be using minerals in your products that people could have died over.
You fucking douchebags.
Sure, you’re all for eliminating CO2 emissions and finding new ways to make your products lighter/more durable/etc — which, I’d like to state, I’m not bashing. However, they are showing SUCH hypocrisy when they talk about their company’s environmental ideas and progress and then they IGNORE the fact that these minerals come from conflict zones.
They IGNORE the fact that the purchase of these unchecked minerals only leads to more crimes against humanity/genocides/rape/etc.
AND THEY ARE DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT.
These companies are:
- Sharp Electronics
The above companies have a 0% ranking among other companies in terms of going conflict-free. “These companies have done next to nothing to shift their practices toward conflict-free. They are not members of the electronics industry association process, and have not engaged with other stakeholders.”
This information can be found HERE.
If you’re wondering, here is some information on conflict minerals provided by Global Witness. Quotes from that page:
"There are four main minerals being mined in the Congo: cassiterite (the ore for tin), coltan (the ore for a rare metal called tantalum), wolframite (tungsten ore), and gold. The illicit trade provides rebel groups and units of the national army with tens of millions of dollars a year that they use to buy guns and shore up their rival campaigns.
The electronics industry is one of the main destinations for these metals, which end up in mobile phones, laptops, and other consumer products. Tin is used as a solder in circuit boards; tantalum goes into capacitors, small components used to store electricity; tungsten is used in the vibrating function of mobile phones; gold is also used by the electronics industry – as a coating for wires.”
There is also the issue of diamonds as conflict minerals, but since “The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)" was enacted in 2003 (regulates the diamond trade and is supposed to certify the origin of these diamonds, and make sure they’re not from conflict zones), about 99% of the diamond business deals in conflict-free product. HOWEVER, The Kimberly Process has a few gaps, and that allows for people to claim that their diamonds are from conflict free zones, when in fact they might not be. The KPCS has been criticized for its legitimacy, as it is said that it has been unable to prevent the import of conflict-zoned Zimbabwean diamonds.
Also, if you are interested, HERE is the Megavideo link to the film, “Blood Diamond”, which deals with the illegal diamond trade in Sierra-Leone, as well as the bringing about of The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme.
YOU CAN’T SAY YOU’RE ALL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE PEOPLE IF YOU COMPLETELY IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE MINERALS YOU ARE USING IN YOUR PRODUCTS ARE THE RESULTS OF RAPE, VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING, AND THE DEGRADATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.
Now I will step off my soapbox and possibly start on studying for my midterm in three days. :/
I think I’m done ranting for now, because I don’t know what else to say, other than a big “FUCK YOU” to those asshole corporations.