Friends of the Earth Cardiff - Corporate accountability http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/taxonomy/term/359/all en Stop the killings in Honduras http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-killings-honduras <p><img src="/files/foecardiff/images/Caceres-Garcia_killings.jpg" alt="Berta Cáceres. murdered. Nelson Garcia, murdered. Gustavo Castro, in danger" width="480" height="180" /></p> <p>In the last two weeks four activists have been shot in Honduras. Two are dead and one is still in grave danger.</p> <p>Berta Cáceres was an indigenous leader and celebrated defender of the environment. She opposed the Agua Zarca mega-dam project in Honduras. On 2 March Berta was shot dead in her own home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-killings-honduras">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-killings-honduras#comments Corporate accountability dam Honduras South America Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:18:24 +0000 Chris 611 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Murder over Guatemala's palm oil fields http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/murder-over-guatemalas-palm-oil-fields <p><img width="400" height="259" src="/files/foecardiff/images/_Rigoberto_Lima_Choc.jpg" alt="Rigoberto Lima Choc" /></p> <p>On September 18, environmental activist Rigoberto Lima Choc was murdered in Northern Guatemala. This happened just after a court upheld charges he filed denouncing massive pollution caused by a palm oil company called Reforestadora de Palma de Petén (REPSA).</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/murder-over-guatemalas-palm-oil-fields">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/murder-over-guatemalas-palm-oil-fields#comments Corporate accountability Guatemala human rights palm oil pollution South America Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:58:29 +0000 Chris 599 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk More phone companies come clean http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/more-phone-companies-come-clean <p><img width="500" height="365" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" alt="Mining waste with forest in the background" /></p> <p>&copy; Friends of the Earth</p> <p>Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG now have all publicly accepted that their phones probably contain environment-trashing tin from Bangka Island.</p> <p>Last week we wrote to these big mobile phone producers to let them know that we were turning our attention to them. We told them that over 25,000 people have contacted Apple and Samsung and that they could expect to hear from lots of you soon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/more-phone-companies-come-clean">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/more-phone-companies-come-clean#comments Corporate accountability Australasia indonesia Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:39:55 +0000 Chris 576 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Ask Apple to come clean http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/ask-apple-come-clean <p><img width="500" height="365" alt="Tin mining waste heaps with forest beyond" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photo: &copy; Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>For the past six months Apple has ignored the questions from 25,000 Friends of the Earth supporters about the hidden impact of its iPhones. Stories of child labour and environmental destruction have been met with silence.</p> <p>Now Apple has released a statement about Bangka island:</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/ask-apple-come-clean">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/ask-apple-come-clean#comments Corporate accountability Nature Australasia indonesia Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:45:36 +0000 Chris 574 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Turn up the heat on Apple http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/turn-heat-apple <p><img width="500" height="365" alt="Mining spoil heaps with tropical forest in distance" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" /></p> <p>The devastation caused by tin mining on Bangka Island <em>&copy; Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>Thousands of emails from our amazing suporters forced Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin from Indonesia's Bangka Island in its products.</p> <p>But Apple is still refusing to go public about whether its phones contain tin from Bangka Island.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/turn-heat-apple">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/turn-heat-apple#comments archive Corporate accountability Australasia indonesia Thu, 23 May 2013 14:29:16 +0000 Chris 562 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Samsung admits to using unsustainable tin http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin-0 <p><img width="500" height="365" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" alt="Mounds of mining waste with forest in the distance." /></p> <p>Photo: &copy; Friends of the Earth</p> <p>Friends of the Earth supporters have forced the world's biggest-selling smartphone maker to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin in its products.</p> <p>Samsung, a multi-billion pound company, has investigated its supply chain and discovered that it uses Bangka Island's tin. This tin mining is destroying tropical forests, coral reefs and livelihoods.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin-0">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin-0#comments archive Corporate accountability Nature Australasia business indonesia Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:04:36 +0000 Chris 559 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Samsung admits to using unsustainable tin http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin <p><img src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" alt="mined land with forest in the background" width="500" height="365" /></p> <p>Photo: &copy; Friends of the Earth</p> <p>Friends of the Earth suupporters have forced the world's biggest-selling smartphone maker to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin in its products.</p> <p>Samsung, a multi-billion pound company, has investigated its supply chain and discovered that it uses Bangka Island's tin. This tin mining is destroying tropical forests, coral reefs and livelihoods.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/samsung-admits-using-unsustainable-tin#comments Corporate accountability Nature Australasia indonesia Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:04:36 +0000 Chris 558 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Smartphones destroy forests and coral reefs http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/smartphones-destroy-forests-and-coral-reefs <p><img width="500" height="365" alt="Spoil heaps and holes full of water with tropical forest in the background" src="/files/foecardiff/images/mining_Bangka.jpg" /></p> <p>&copy; Ulet</p> <p>Research by Friends of the Earth has found that smartphones sold by Samsung and Apple almost certainly contain tin from Indonesia where mining is devastating forests and farmland, coral reefs and many communities.</p> <p>Tin is used for solder in phones, computers, and all other electronic gadgets. Around a third of the world's tin comes from Bangka and neighbouring island Belitung.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/smartphones-destroy-forests-and-coral-reefs">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/smartphones-destroy-forests-and-coral-reefs#comments archive Corporate accountability Nature Australasia indonesia Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:08:10 +0000 Chris 547 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Cut Europe's land footprint http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cut-europes-land-footprint <p><img width="313" height="200" src="/files/foecardiff/images/land_footprint.jpg" alt="Mechanical digger loading soil onto a lorry" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Friends of the Earth Europe</em></p> <p>Europe has one of the largest land footprints in the world because it imports massive amounts of food and other goods from the rest of the world every year. These goods, such as meat, dairy and forestry products, need large areas of land.</p> <p>Europe's high levels of land consumption:</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cut-europes-land-footprint">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cut-europes-land-footprint#comments archive Corporate accountability climate change nature resource use Thu, 10 May 2012 14:44:54 +0000 Chris 515 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Stop the El Quimbo Dam project http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-el-quimbo-dam-project <p><img width="500" height="332" src="/files/foecardiff/images/River_Magdalena.jpg" alt="View of river with wooded banks on a sunny day" /></p> <p>The River Magdalena, Colombia. <em>Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/javierguillot/">RitaCuba</a></em></p> <p>The El Quimbo Hydroelectric Project is the first dam in Colombia built entirely by a multinational corporation, Emgesa. The dam would create a lake of about about 8,250 ha, almost twice the size of Lake Vyrnwy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-el-quimbo-dam-project">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-el-quimbo-dam-project#comments archive Corporate accountability business Colombia South America Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:04:47 +0000 Chris 494 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk