Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Towards a fairer ICT supply chain

A CATAPA and SNU investigation, published in May 2020, supported by Make ICT Fair.

Mine in Bolivia

From the website:

'CATAPA’s research on polymetal mining in Bolivia aimed at unraveling the subnational, national and transnational stakeholders and processes involved in mining activities. This field research was carried out in the Department of Oruro, Bolivia. The fact-finding mission provides elements to assess the local implications of the global ICT industry. This helps to shape a specific meaning of what "Making ICT Fair" would mean in each part of the supply chain, by providing a framework to determine labour, community, environmental and legal issues involved in this targeted context. 

With literature on metal supply chains beyond trade being very limited, CATAPA’s investigation on polymetal mining in Bolivia aimed at unraveling the subnational, national and transnational actors and processes involved in mining activities. Field research was carried out in the department of Oruro, Bolivia. The fact-finding mission provides elements to assess the local implications of the global ICT industry. This helps to shape a specific meaning of what “Making ICT Fair” would mean in each part of the supply chain by providing a framework to determine labour, community, environmental and legal issues involved in this targeted context.

The research is framed in the EC-funded “Make ICT Fair” project and published by Belgian nonprofits CATAPA and SNU (Solidaridad Nación Uru).'

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