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Newsletter – Industry’s reactions to ‘High Tech – No Rights?’ disappoint so far (Good Electronics)

June, Bread for All, SACOM

The one year follow up report on working conditions in China’s electronic hardware sector by SACOM and Bread for All has not yet yielded substantial responses from the industry. The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) has submitted a response, which however fails to deal with the main question, that is the gap between paper policies and implementation on the ground. The Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) has not yet given a reaction. Dell has promised to undertake a study on the three surveyed Lite-On Facilities in China, to be released within 90 days after the publication of the report, which means by August 2008. Other companies whose suppliers were surveyed have not given any feedback, despite being [...]

Newsletter: “High Tech – No Rights? ” A One Year Follow Up Report Release (Good Electronics)

“High Tech – No Rights? ” A One Year Follow Up Report on the Working Conditions in the Electronics Hardware Sector in China

A year after the launch of the “High Tech – No Rights?” campaign, Bread for All, the Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund, and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) publish a new study on working conditions in the factories where our computers are made.  Download the full report here.

Link: Report: High Tech, No Rights – Good Electronics Newsletter 3rd Edition June2008

(German)Tages-Anzeiger: Hart und schlecht bezahlt ist die Fabrikarbeit im Perlflussdelta

[NEWS IN GERMAN]

An den Arbeitsbedingungen in den chinesischen Fabriken hat sich noch nicht viel verändert. Die Kunden und Investoren im Westen müssten Druck machen.

Wu Ying sagt, sie sei zufrieden. Vor ein paar Wochen hat ihr Team einen neuen Schichtleiter bekommen, einen netten Mann, sie müssen jetzt nicht mehr so oft Überstunden machen. Und gerade hat sie einen Bonus bekommen, weil sie drei
Monate keine Fehler gemacht hatte: 60 Yuan, fast neun Franken. «Da war ich sehr glücklich», sagt sie.

“High Tech, No Rights?”- a new report on working conditions in China’s electronics factories

One year after the launch of the “High Tech – No Rights?” campaign, Bread for All, Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) publish a new study on working conditions in the factories where our computers are made.
From the perspective of supply chain labor responsibility, the research team has been most interested in determining whether workers’ daily lives have improved. The researchers conducted independent surveys in seven factories in the cities of Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Zhongshan in Guangdong Province, southern China. These factories belong to FSP Group, Primax Electronics, Lite-On Group, Tyco Electronics and Volex Group. The research team also asked the concerned brand companies (Hewlett [...]

Case Study: Closing the Information Gap- Working Conditions at a Supplier of Computer Brands

The study was written for “Brot für Alle” (Bread for All) in Switzerland in 2006 and is already published on the website “Business & Human RightsResourceCenter” (www.businesshumanrights.org).
The case study from November 2006  analyses the working conditions at a supplier of Dell, Acer, NEC. Siemens, Motorola, Samsung and Fujitsu. The supplier “Yonghong Electronics” belongs to the Taiwanese FSP Group, an enterprise publicly traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. It employs 1,500 workers, 85% of whom are women, who produce power supply devices. The study comes to the conclusion, that although most of the workers are between 18 and 30 years old, about 200 workers are under age, some below [...]