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Fairphone is a social enterprise company which aims to develop smartphones that are designed and produced with a lower 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 with the aim 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 device is one of the first modular smartphones available for purchase. The modularity is supposed to make the phone more easily repairable and therefore longer lasting.
Fairphone was founded by Bas van Abel, Tessa Wernink and Miquel Ballester 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 1||Dec 2013||MediaTek MT6589||Cortex-A7||1.2||4||PowerVR SGX544MP||286||1||16||4.3||256||8MP||1.3MP||4.2.2||2000|
|Fairphone 2||Dec 2015||Qualcomm 801
|Krait 400||2.26||4||Adreno 330||578||2||32||5||446||12MP||5MP||5.1||2420|
|Fairphone 3||Sep 2019||Qualcomm 632||Kryo 250
|Fairphone 3+||Sep 2020||48MP||16MP||10.0|
In response to the company's marketing it was criticized that "conflict-free" is by no means equal to "fair" since it does not rule out child labor and other "unfair" practices.
Awards and certifications
Fairphone won the award for fastest-growing European tech startup at The Next Web conference in April 2015.
In 2019, Fairphone won the Partnership Of The Year prize at the Responsible Business Awards.
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