For a fair electronic model

In this edition of the Mobile Social Congress, we will take a look at the shared struggles of the Global South and Global North in the electronics industry. We are emphasizing these common struggles as we work to provide a connected, shared overview of the violations and obstacles generated by the electronics industry all around the globe. To this end, this year the Congress will focus on the violations of human rights and the environmental impacts that result from the electronics industry’s current model of production and consumption in both the Global North and the Global South. We will also emphasize common ground and mutual dialogue among the different associations and labour unions.

MSC will kick off with a series of documentaries and short films on the social and environmental impact of the production and consumption of electronic devices in both the Global North and South.

The first day of the Congress will start with a general overview of the supply chain for the electronics industry. This will be followed by a panel discussion on gender inequality in the electronics sector, with cases of violations of worker security, health standards and rights. Next, we will hear from workers in the electronics supply chain and look at existing synergies between associations and unions in the Global North and South. Meanwhile, we will hold a workshop on urban mining and a Restart Party (both will require prior registration). The workshop will take a look at the different materials our mobile devices are made of, where they come from and how to recycle them, while the Restart Party will teach us how to lengthen the lives of our electronics.

Day two of the MSC will start with an ideathon workshop in the morning where we will learn how to give new life to the components in our mobile devices to keep them from ending up on the landfill. In the afternoon, a panel discussion will look at the power of socially responsible public procurement in addressing gender inequalities in the supply chain of the electronics industry. We will also take a look at the criteria for best practice followed by different administrations.

We will continue to analyse the social and environmental impacts of the extractive industry on a global scale, looking at working conditions in Bolivian mines and the case of Congolese families who have sued companies like Apple and Google for forced child labour. Finally, we will present consumer alternatives in ICTs that ensure a fairer, more democratic model.

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5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Film forum, discussion and snack time
Migrant Workers, DanWatch
Tournées, Israel González and Octavio Romano
Blame Game, Juan Solera and Albert Julià

Discussion: Octavio Romano (scriptwriter and producer) and Juan Solera (co-director)
Moderator: Sara Domínguez, Enginyeria Sense Fronteres / SETEM Catalunya


3:30 p.m. Welcome and overview of the electronics supply chain
Elena Romagosa, SETEM president

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Gender Inequality in the Electronics Industry
Isabella Szukits, Sudwind
Aneesh Manjunath, Cividep India
Núria Vergès, Donestech
Moderator: Mónica Vargas, Transnational Institute

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Voice of Workers: Freedom of Association
Short documentary: The Voice of Workers (
Aneesh Manjunath, Cividep India
Peter Pawlick, Electronics Watch
Patxi Fernández, former Amazon employee (CNT member)
Moderator: Esther Caballé, Fundació Pau i Solidaritat - CCOO Catalunya

WORKSHOPS: SALA PLATÓ (Prior registration required)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Urban Mining (Fairphone)
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Restart Party (Restarters)

WORKSHOPS: AULA I and AULA II (Prior registration required)

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ideató: (Pangea, Andròmines, Fundació Trinijove, Innoground)


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Socially Responsible Public Procurement
Carla Canal, Barcelona City Council
Michael McLaughlin, Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges, Scotland
Josefine Hintz, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)
Moderator: Mercè Corretja, Public Procurement, Government of Catalonia

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Extractive Industry: Social and Environmental Impacts
Audio-visual report: Lithium Extraction (Danwatch)
Charlotte Christiaens, CATAPA
Terry Collingsworth, International Rights Advocates
Alfons Pérez, Observatori del deute en la globalització
Moderator: Santiago Sáez, Climática (La Marea magazine)

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Consumer Alternatives to ICTs - Towards a Fairer, More Democratic Model
Mireia Roura, eReuse
Ramón Roca,
Oriol Alfambra, Mensakas App
Moderator: Laia Tresserra, Opcions

*  All activities are free
** All activities will be held at Pati Manning (c. Montalegre, 7)
*** There will be simultaneous interpretation on all panels