- 23 months ago
Certainly nothing new here, but still something not widely known seeing as nothing has been done since. There has been backlash against Samsung's proposed joint venture with Korindo, a company well known for destroying rainforests for palm oil plantations. Samsung has since cut its ties with Korindo in lew of the outrage but still isn't out of the woods yet. They own two palm oil plantations through a joint venture with Ganda Group, whom, when making way for the plantations, destroyed 150 indigenous people's homes. Not only is Ganda Group responsible for these human rights violations, but they are currently destroying huge swaths of forests in Indonesia, an area known for its tremendous biodiversity.
Here's the article: http://www.mightyearth.org/samsunghangsuponkorindo/
Don't buy anything from Samsung until they cut their ties with Ganda Group and the plantations they own! Or, if you are under the mindset of "one and done", then maybe never buy a product from them again?
EDIT: (taken from a comment I made)
Obviously, judging from more than half the comments, saying "anything" was too drastic. The more appropriate wording, seeing as I'm on PCPartPicker, was to say SSD's. But to some, even this is too much.
So, with that said, anyone who reads my comments and thinks that Samsung's practices should be kept in check, go about it however you want.
To the rest, I was in no way trying to spit you having owned or was thinking about owning a Samsung product, rather just trying to raise awareness on an otherwise unknown problem. But I felt it needed to be said. I hope me relaying this to you has encouraged you to look deeper into matters that aren't readily apparent or looked into.
My comments were with the mindset that there is a bigger picture to all of this and that doing something is better than nothing. But apparently this topic is 50 years too early.
After getting a good nights sleep, I propose a different solution. Since some think that by just not purchasing anything from Samsung (with the very small amount of people reading this) won't make an impactful difference, how about we get the STAFF INVOLVED. Have them write a letter to Samsung, threatening them that if they don't drop their affiliation with Ganda Group, they'll tell the PCPartPicker community and their friends and families to avoid purchasing any Samsung labeled product.
Have the staff post something about this topic on the front page in advance so that more people can see it (not everyone goes to this part of the forums). Then, when the time comes, whether the letter is enough to convince them or not, a large amount of people will have cared.