Target: Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
Goal: Thank Apple for cutting ties with cobalt mines in the Congo that use child labor.
Apple has stopped buying cobalt mined by children in the Congo after numerous investigations showed the horrible abuses perpetrated against the young children working in the dangerous and deadly mines. Apple was among one of the largest industries using cobalt mined by children. It used the mineral in lithium ion batteries.
Apple will cut all ties with mines using child labor and will not begin purchasing supplies from those mines until any and all child labor issues are addressed. Apple is not the only company to use cobalt from these dangerous mines. Cobalt is also used in the automotive industry and in other electronics.
Apple cutting ties with these mines is a very positive first step. Hopefully other companies will follow suit now that such an influential company has taken a stand against child labor in the Congo. Sign the petition to thank Apple for cutting ties with the dangerous cobalt mines and for speaking out against child labor.
Dear Mr. Cook,
After much controversy surrounding the cobalt mines of the Congo and their large amount of child labor and exploitation, I am pleased that Apple has cut ties with this industry. I am also pleased that Apple will work with local groups to bring an end to child labor.
As an influential company, I believe you have made it easier for more companies to speak out against child labor, especially in the cobalt mines. I hope that the automotive industry and other electronic companies are soon to follow. Thank you for taking a stand against deadly and dangerous child labor.
[Your Name Here]
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