Fairphone is a social enterprise company which aims to develop smartphones that are designed and produced with minimal environmental impact. The company is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and was supported in its startup phase by the Waag Society, a foundation which aims to foster experimentation with new technologies, art and culture. Fairphone was founded to develop a mobile device that does not contain conflict minerals (which in smartphones are typically gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten), has fair labour conditions for the workforce along the supply chain producing it and help people to use their phone longer. The second version of the company's handset is one of the first modular smartphones available for purchase, with the product being designed to be easily repaired and upgraded.
|Privately held company|
|Founder||Bas Van Abel|
History and missionEdit
Fairphone was founded by Bas van Abel as a social enterprise company in January 2013, having existed as a campaign for two and a half years. The company's website states that its mission is to "bring a fair smartphone to the market – one designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet". Fairphone, however, acknowledges that it will not be possible to produce a 100% fair phone yet, but with this aim, it seeks to raise awareness among consumers and in the mobile phone industry.
Awards and certificationsEdit
Fairphone won the award for fastest-growing European tech startup at The Next Web conference in April 2015. Other nominees included Freespee (Sweden), YPlan (UK), Uplike (France), PackLink (Spain), Blacklane (Germany), and Festicket (UK).
- "Company profile" (PDF).
- Van Wijhe, Jelle. "Tech5: Fairphone named Europe’s fastest-growing startup of 2015". The Next Web. The Next Web. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- "Modulares Smartphone: iFixit gibt Fairphone 2 die volle Punktzahl". heise online. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
- Fairphone 2 Teardown (Technical report). iFixit. 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
- "iFixit gives modular Fairphone 2 a rare 10 out of 10 for repairability [Updated]". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
- Lomas, Charlotta. "Fairphone creator: Success is a signal to industry". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- "Environmentally Friendly Mobile Phones". The Blue Angel. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
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- Official website
- Waag Society
- Conflict-free: FairPhone struggles for more ethical smartphones in 2013, Joshua Kopstein, The Verge, 20 December 2012
- My search for a smartphone ends here, George Monbiot, The Guardian, 25 April 2013
- Fairphone: disrupting the mobile phone market through values, Bas van Abel, The Guardian, 8 July 2013
- World’s first ethical smartphone unveiled – and the pre-orders flood in, Sebastian Salek, The Independent, 15 September 2013
- Could Fairphone help clean up supply chains in the smartphone market?, Rich McEachran, The Guardian, 19 September 2013
- Fairphone, the world's first 'ethical smartphone', launches in London, Sebastian Salek, The Independent, 20 September 2013
- Fairphone -- changing the way products are made: Bas van Abel at TEDxAmsterdam, YouTube video, 12 min., 6 November 2013