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Multinational tech companies represent some of the world's most valuable and recognised brands. Yet the products they create are often marred by slavery. In the electronics factories of Malaysia for example, a third of workers are in situations of forced labour.

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Intel is a consistent leader working with suppliers to address migrant worker risks, investing in suppliers that need to improve by providing funding, training and increased engagement with their senior management, and turning away or ending trade with suppliers that are not willing to do enough to tackle the problem. In 2018 they were given a Thomson Reuters Stop Slavery award, and in 2018 were ranked first on Know the Chain's Modern Slavery benchmarking index.

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The tech we buy is too often tainted by slavery, from the minerals to the manufacturers. The cobalt in our batteries from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the tin used for soldering in Indonesia, and the factories of China and Malaysia are all impacted.

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Electronics Quiz


True or False? Globally the world gives more in overseas aid than they spend on Apple products?

  • True
  • False

    265.5 billion USD is Apple’s annual revenue vs 145 billion USD in official development assistance. False . 265.5 billion USD is Apple’s annual revenue vs 145 billion USD in official development assistance.

Points: 1

Which country is the biggest producer of global electronics

  • China

    China exports 982 billion USD in electronics each year, making it China’s biggest export, and the world’s biggest producer.

  • Germany
  • America
  • Malaysia

Points: 1

How many large electronics companies have resolved the problem of slavery in their supply chain?

  • More than half
  • Half
  • 3 Companies
  • None

    No electronics company has dealt with the problem of slavery in their supply chain. All large electronics manufacturers likely have slavery tainting their production, whether it be at minerals extraction or manufacturing. A number of companies have made significant strides forward.

Points: 1

Which country is the biggest supplier of cobalt, a crucial material in battery production?

  • Philippines
  • Democratic Republic of Congo

    Democratic Republic of Congo, where the worst forms of child labour and forced labour remain a significant problem.

  • China
  • The United States

Points: 1

True or False? The supply chain of electronics companies is too complex for the problem of slavery to ever be adequately addressed?

  • True
  • False

    Electronics companies include the most valuable companies in the world. Apple, for examples, is the world’s first public company valued over $1 trillion. They have the most resources at their disposal, if they choose to use it, to tackle the problem of slavery, despite the complexity of their supply chains.

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