[Community] Supply chain information

wonderphone at posteo.de wonderphone at posteo.de
Sun Feb 16 23:41:51 CET 2014


For all non-German native speakers: "Nager" means "rodent" in German 
and Nager IT is a company that created some buzz in Germany by offering 
a partly fair computer mouse. Partly fair is - although precise - some 
understatement because they tried hard to purchase all parts fair but 
have encountered major difficulties for some. Before they will have 
their international break-through among well-meaning fair trade 
enthusiasts they will probably have to change their name to a less 
offensive one.

Besides, I don't think Apple is heading the fair trade movement now. In 
addition to their shortcomings already mentioned in this mailing list 
they are only obeying to US legislation as new as the 2010 Dodd-Frank 
act. Conflict minerals are most probably avoided by Apple and Samsung by 
buying from Australian miners. Fairphone is going another path because 
the Dodd-Frank act and its enforcement by the SEC have let to a quasi 
embargo of all miners in Congo and not only the mines controlled by war 
lords. Fairphone is working closely with NGOs that help conflict-free 
miners of Congo to improve their conditions. Although they cannot 
exclude child labor completely that looks like a good step towards 
transforming the supply-chain of mobile phones into a humane community.

Best regards,


Am 14.02.2014 11:10 schrieb Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller:
> Am 14.02.2014 um 02:58 schrieb Sebastian Beschke:
>> Hi folks,
>> Am 03.02.2014 18:26, schrieb Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller:
>>> Anyways, if we find volunteers who want to manage/update/maintain 
>>> such
>>> a supply chain tree I can try to provide some background 
>>> information.
>>> BR, Nikolaus
>> I would volunteer, but I don’t really have any technical knowledge 
>> about
>> OpenPhoenux. Are there any detailed parts list, or would I have to
>> extract the components from the schematics?
> here is a BOM list of the GTA04A4 board: [1]
> For the A5 board there isn't one since it is not yet in production and
> some things will definitively change.
>> Where would you suggest to
>> start?
>> I mainly wanted to announce that we (at FIfF [1]) have just started 
>> to
>> develop a tool for NagerIT [2] whose aim is to display and edit their
>> supply chain in an easily accessible way. Nothing to see yet, but it
>> will be a JavaScript tool replacing this PDF:
>> https://www.nager-it.de/static/pdf/en_lieferkette.pdf
> Oh this would really be cool. Since it would define a standard for 
> documenting
> (I guess some XML or JSON) and presenting.
>> If you think that’s a good idea, I would try to keep OpenPhoenux in 
>> mind
>> during development, so the tool could be easily adapted for use here.
>> What do you think?
> Yes, that would be a good thing.
> BR,
> Nikolaus
> [1]: http://projects.goldelico.com/p/gta04-main/downloads/56/
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