Lalo, My impression from your post was that you were attempting to tie hearing aid purchase decisions today to what two mid-level managers did in a section of a large company, 2002-2006. My point is that it is important to separate the mistakes of a few employees from the overall corporation and their products. In the article I read the American side of the investigation used a law firm and a member of the law firm had this to say about Siemens:
“Siemens officials “made it crystal clear that they wanted us to get to the bottom of this and follow it wherever the evidence led,” said Bruce E. Yannett, a Debevoise partner”.
And, “At the same time, Siemens worked hard to purge the company of some senior managers and to reform company policies.”
The case broke in 2006 and the article I read was written in 2009 so it is somewhat old news and not relevant as since then Siemens has cleaned things up (which you failed to mention).
I would be more concerned about Siemens shopping the hearing aid division around. Had it sold that might have really affected my use of a Siemens hearing aid (parts, repairs, etc.) but a sale didn’t happen and it looks like now it will keep its hearing aid division.
I know everyone here is concerned about the plight of oppressed people and the stories of conflict mineral production in eastern Congo are heartbreaking. But, there may be a situation of unintended consequences if everyone were to stop buying cell phones and other electronics. I don’t know what the answer is but I don’t think lowering the demand for the minerals (and therefore the income of the people we want to help) is the answer.