Students and Scholars
Against
Corporate Misbehaviour

Year Month

The Guardian: Disney factory faces probe into sweatshop suicide claims

Human rights campaigners say Chinese factories using children as young as 14 and that workers forced to do overtime

A Sturdy Products’ employee works to fulfil orders, for ranges that include Disney ­merchandise. But a monitoring group claims that workers’ rights are often abused

Disney’s best-selling Cars toys are being made in a factory in China that uses child labour and forces staff to do three times the amount of overtime allowed by law, according to an investigation.

One worker reportedly killed herself after being repeatedly shouted at by bosses. Others cited worries over poisonous chemicals. Disney has now launched its own investigation.

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[Statement] Poisoned Workers Demand Steve Jobs Successor to Live Up to CSR

South China Morning Post: Wal-Mart starts probe on suicide at Shenzhen plant

Retail chain giant Wal-Mart Stores has launched an investigation into the recent suicide of a female worker at the mainland plant of its Hong Kong die-cast toy car supplier, Winson Plastic Manufactory.

The investigation was initiated by the United States company following the reported suicide on May 16 of Hu Nianzhen, a 45-year-old employee who jumped from a building at Winson’s Sturdy Products Factory site in Shenzhen after allegedly being berated by the management.

“We take reports like this very seriously and we will implement a corrective action plan if our investigations confirm any of the findings,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Megan Murphy told the South China Morning Post (SEHK: 0583, announcements, news) .

Support the Massive Strike at Adidas Supplier in Vietnam

Between the dates of 24th-29th June, about 93,000 workers from Pou Yuen Vietnam Company went on strike for better working conditions. Their brave action encouraged another shoe factory in close proximity to also strike. Pou Yuen was a subsidiary of Pou Chen Group, the world’s leading footwear manufacturer. It is reported that Adidas is one of the major buyers of Pou Yuen in Vietnam. While exhilarated by the success in mobilization in the strike, Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) are deeply worried about the plight of the workers at Pou Yuen. The strike ended on 29thJune after the strong intervention from the local government. About 20 current and former workers [...]

Suicide Case Reaffirms ICTI’s Bogus Certification System

On 16 May, Hu Nianzhen, a 45-year-old female worker at Sturdy Products (泰強製品廠) jumped from a factory building to end her life after being berated by the management. Sturdy Products produces die-cast cars for Mattel, Walmart and Disney, and is certified by the ICTI CARE Process (seal no. C0283). As with the spate of suicides at Foxconn last year, Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) questions whether this current case [...]