Dutch social enterprise Fairphone have announced the launch of their latest smartphone: the Fairphone 3. The new, improved modular phone builds on the company’s previous achievements to deliver a sleek and durable device that closes the gap between performance and sustainability.
The phone is made with responsibly sourced and conflict-free tin and tungsten, recycled copper and plastics, and sources Fairtrade gold.
Fairphone was the first electronics manufacturer to integrate Fairtrade gold into its supply chain. Fairtrade gold drives environmental benefits for miners and their communities and delivers a Fair Price and Premium for re-investment into mine and community projects.
Fairphone is also in the process of setting up an initiative for better sourcing of cobalt, the key mineral for the energy transition.
David Finlay, Responsible Minerals Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation said: “Fairphone’s sourcing of Fairtrade Gold demonstrates it is possible for the electronics sector to respond positively to the needs of miners while producing innovative products which consumers love. By choosing to source Fairtrade Gold, Fairphone are supporting cleaner mining practices, enhanced protection for the environment and safer working conditions for miners . These are all areas we think that users of Fairphone 3 can take immense pride in.”
Fairphone continues its existing initiatives for more sustainable and fairer production of smartphones and has integrated them into the supply chain of Fairphone 3, together with more innovative projects that continue Fairphone’s vision for a fairer electronics industry.
Fairphone CEO Eva Gouwens sums up the company’s goals for the Fairphone 3, commenting: “We envision an economy where consideration for people and the planet is a natural part of doing business and according to this vision, we have created scalable ways to improve our supply chain and product. We developed the Fairphone 3 to be a real sustainable alternative on the market, which is a big step towards lasting change. By establishing a market for ethical products, we want to motivate the entire industry to act more responsibly since we cannot achieve this change alone.’’
The Fairphone 3 is available for presale on Fairphone’s website and from strategic partners online for a suggested retail price of 450€. The device will be released soon and will be available across Europe from selected (online) retailers and operators.
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About Fairtrade gold
Workers in Fairtrade certified gold mines receive a guaranteed Fairtrade Minimum Price for their gold as well as a Premium to spend on improving their businesses or on community projects, such as education, clean water and healthcare. Fairtrade certification means these small scale-miners meet FAIRTRADE STANDARDS.
This can help them to improve their mining and business practices as well as open the market to generate more sales on better terms. The Fairtrade Gold Standards include strict requirements on working conditions, health and safety, handling chemicals, women’s rights, child labour and protection of the environment.
Fairphone is a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics. By making a phone, we’re opening up the supply chain and creating new relationships between people and their products. We’re making a positive impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first. Together with our community, we’re changing the way products are made.
Fairphone 3 specifications
Chipset Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 632
Photos, videos, fact sheets and other materials are available at the Fairphone press page
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