Smartphones Need Cobalt — but It’s Mined by Children

A rush is on for cobalt, a relatively rare metal that powers technologies like Tesla vehicles and iPhones. About 65% of the global supply comes from one of the world’s poorest countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC, where an entrenched culture of corruption and violence makes mining operations and oversight difficult. But most disturbing is that Congolese children are involved in mining cobalt, as detailed in an exclusive Fortune report published recently.

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