FAIRPHONE is a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics. By making a phone, we’re opening up the supply chain and creating new relationships between people and their products. We are making a positive impact across the value chain of fair-trade materials, long-lasting design, good functioning and reuse and recycling, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first. Together with our community, we are changing the way products are made.


BAS VAN ABEL (1977) is the founder and CEO of Fairphone. Open design is the driving force behind many of his initiatives, combined with his passion for building new relationships between people and products. Prior to Fairphone, Bas was head of Waag Society’s Open Design Lab, where he established Amsterdam’s FABLab and initiated the Instructables Restaurant.





Amsterdam, Netherlands