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Corporate Misbehaviour

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Wal-Mart’s Sweatshop Monitoring Fails to Catch Violations: The Story of Toys Made in China for Wal-Mart

Field research by Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) shows that Wal-Mart – China’s eighth largest trading partner – consistently fails to catch and stop serious labor violations in its Chinese supplier factories, despite recent reforms to its monitoring system. Indeed, the working conditions in WalMart’s Chinese supplier factories are increasingly falling below the International Labor Organization’s defined minimum standard for socially acceptable work.

Interviews conducted between June 2005 and December 2006 with eighty-two workers at five Wal-Mart toy supplier factories in the industrial zones of Shenzhen and Zhuhai in Guangdong province uncovered widespread illegal and unethical labor practices that previously [...]

REPORT – “Clean up your Computer” Campaign

SACOM launches the “Clean up your Computer” Campaign to urge Dell, Acer, NEC, Siemens, Samsung, Fujitsu, and Motorola to completely resolve the aforementioned problems at Yonghong & all the supplier factories. The brand-name corporations must do the right thing as follows:

1. Strictly enforce the Chinese Labor Law to safeguard workers’ lawful rights.

2. Give every worker at every supplier a written employment contract and a copy of the EICC in Chinese;

3. Raise the order price and lengthen turn-over times so as to reflect reasonable labor costs.

A Second Attempt at Looking for Mickey Mouse’s Conscience – A Survey of the Working Conditions of Disney’s Supplier Factories in China

SACOM published the first research report entitled “Looking for Mickey Mouse’s Conscience – A Survey of the Working Conditions of Disney’s Supplier Factories in China” in August 2005 (in both Chinese and English, downloadable from Disney’s labor practices came under widespread scrutiny from Hong Kong groups and the international community. The investigation discovered all 4 of the target factories were in serious violation of Chinese Labor Law: wages were far below the statutory minimum, working hours greatly exceeded the maximum standard, and occupational injuries were prevalent, the most serious of which was a factory that averaged 2 to 3 occupational injury cases every week. After the publication of last year’s report, SACOM [...]

The Working Condition of Motorola’s Supplier Factory in China(2006)

To: Edward J. Zander, Chairman and CEO of Motorola, Inc.

Our investigation exposes that Hivac Startech Film Window (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. has seriously violated workers’ basic labour rights and human rights. Now, 9 women workers, in their very young age, have already contracted an occupational disease. Both their bodies and their spirits have been deeply wounded. One of them was forced to abort her child, causing serious physical pain and psychological trauma.

The factory continues to shirk its responsibility, to maliciously repress and harass the victims as well as new workers, and to disregard occupational health and safety. We are very concerned that more workers will become occupational poisoning victims and more families will have to endure [...]

“A World Without Strangers, That Excluded Workers”–A Report of the Working Conditions of