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Four Corners: Complicit
Complicit
ABC  |  May 21, 2018
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Complicit: the workers paying the price for our mobile phone obsession.

Mobile phones, smartphones and tablets have revolutionised the way we communicate but the technology we are addicted to has had toxic consequences.

China produces approximately 90% of the world's consumer electronics. The factories making the components for these electronic goods are filled with young workers who are being exposed to poisonous chemicals, with devastating results.
This investigation, filmed secretly over four years, exposes the use of harmful chemicals and capturing the working conditions inside the factories churning out these products we all use.
The film charts the growing realisation among the workers that their illnesses stem from their work and follows their fight for compensation.

The landmark investigation led Apple to ban the use of benzene, a known carcinogen, and n-hexane, a chemical that damages the nervous system.But the ban does not apply to subcontractors who make up two-thirds of Apple's supply chain. And around 500 other chemicals are still used to produce electronics, mostly in the developing world, where there are few or no regulations to protect the workers who make them.

Complicit: the workers paying the price for our mobile phone obsession.

Mobile phones, smartphones and tablets have revolutionised the way we communicate but the technology we are addicted to has had toxic consequences.

China produces approximately 90% of the world's consumer electronics. The factories making the components for these electronic goods are filled with young workers who are being exposed to poisonous chemicals, with devastating results.
This investigation, filmed secretly over four years, exposes the use of harmful chemicals and capturing the working conditions inside the factories churning out these products we all use.
The film charts the growing realisation among the workers that their illnesses stem from their work and follows their fight for compensation.

The landmark investigation led Apple to ban the use of benzene, a known carcinogen, and n-hexane, a chemical that damages the nervous system.But the ban does not apply to subcontractors who make up two-thirds of Apple's supply chain. And around 500 other chemicals are still used to produce electronics, mostly in the developing world, where there are few or no regulations to protect the workers who make them.

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