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In August 2022 Ethical Consumer viewed an article on the Benzinga website titled 'Apple, Google, Other Tech Giants Used Illegally Mined Gold From Brazil's Amazon Rainforest: Report' dated 25 July 2022.

This stated that Google was among a handful of tech companies that reportedly used gold mined illegally from Brazilian indigenous lands located in the Amazon rainforest.

It stated "Brazilian newspaper Repórter Brasil says it has seen documents that tech giants purchased the precious metal in 2020 from companies such as Italy’s Chimet and Brazil’s Marsam — both companies have faced investigations related to illegal gold mined from indigenous land."

The company lost half marks under the Habitats & Resources and Human Rights categories.


Report reveals that Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon used illegal gold from indigenous lands (25