Fairphone is a social enterprise company which aims to develop 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 , 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 device is one of the first modular smartphones available for purchase – designed to be easily repaired and upgraded.
History and mission
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 industry.
Awards and certifications
Fairphone won the award for fastest-growing European tech startup at The Next Web conference in April 2015.
The Fairphone 2 was the first
smartphone to be awarded with a 10/10 score at iFixit for repairability.
Fairphone's founder and first CEO Bas van Abel was one of the three winners of the German Environmental Award in 2016.
Fairphone is a certified Benefit corporation.
The Fairphone 2 was the first mobile phone to receive Blue Angel certification.
Conflict-free: FairPhone struggles for more ethical smartphones in 2013, by Janus Kopfstein, 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 , YouTube video, 12 min., 6 November 2013