The computer industry has been growing tremendously in the past twenty years. Computers have become an intrinsic part of everyday life and the ability to use the computer is now a requirement for tertiary education. The electronics industry is a high-tech, high-skill professional field. In 2005, the top three computer brands in the world – Dell, HP and IBM – garnered a total of US$200 billions in sales. However, their astronomical profits are based on the exploitation of workers and the environment in the developing countries. Computer brand names maximize their profit margins through retaining the high value-adding parts of their business and outsourcing the lower-end production to developing countries. Factories in the developing countries compete to [...]
“We Want Non-Sweat, Non-Toxic, Non-Monopolistic, Clean Computers!” —–We Urge All Tertiary Educational Institutions to Bear Their Social Responsibilities
In the past two decades, the computer industry has swiftly developed as computer products have become integral to everyday life. While espousing images of progressive technology and professionalism, large brands have simultaneously neglected the exploitation of workers behind their production processes in developing countries.
Behind the Supply Chain
Since the 1990’s, computer brands have increasingly outsourced their production processes to contract manufacturers in developing countries in order to cut [...]