For me, it is great to see that the use of conflict minerals is
addressed, even though it is not directly an environmental concern. For those of you that don't know, these are minerals (typically tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) which
are mined in areas of the world (mainly central Africa) where there is almost
continuous civil war and the armed groups use the trade in these
valuable minerals to fund their violence and continue the wars. There
are also knock-on impacts on things like child labour.
Most of the environmental profiles for HMD's phones say that conflict
minerals were not used in their manufacture, but not all phones have
this statement. The phones which don't have this statement are the 1,
216, 130 and 105. I don't know the reason for this, but the fact that
HMD can say that some phones do and some do not means (or appears to) that they have
control of their supply chain and know what comes from where - this is a
good thing. I hope that as environmental profiles for more phones are
added we can see an improvement and a complete end to using conflict
In addition to eliminating the use of conflict minerals it would be great to see HMD start to use Fairtrade Gold in their phones, like Fairphone do.