Students and Scholars
Corporate Misbehaviour

Year Month

CNET: Apple’s Chinese suppliers still exploiting workers, says report


Apple has so far failed in its responsibility to monitor its Chinese suppliers for worker violations, claims a labor watchdog group.

In a report released yesterday, Student & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) accused three of Apple’s Chinese suppliers of inhumane worker conditions. The three suppliers — Foxlink, Pegatron, and Wintek — fail to provide for basic human needs and continue to use student workers, according to SACOM.

Over the past few years, Apple has increased its audits of Chinese factories and taken action against those that violate its supplier code of conduct. [...]

New York Times: It’s a Matter of Commitment

December 12, 2012

The fire at Tazreen Fashions is a a wake-up call for worker safety. According to the Clean Clothes Campaign, about 700 people have died from factory fires since 2006. The repetition of gross labor rights violations is absolutely unacceptable. Nowadays, most of the international brands no longer set up their own factories, but place orders in the factories in the developing world, where working conditions are always precarious. By outsourcing production, the relationship between the brands and the production workers is no longer employer and employee, but clients and workers — and clients of clients and workers of clients — located somewhere in a faraway land. As a [...]

Talking Union: Chinese Students and Workers Confront Global Capitalism

Democratic Left  – We can grasp the dynamics of contemporary global capitalism through the prism of Foxconn. Nearly a million young Chinese workers assemble over 50 percent of all the electronics products consumed on the globe at 30 of its factories in China. In those massive production complexes armies of young men and women perform monotonous repetitive assembly tasks under quasimilitary discipline 60 hours a week for minimal pay.

Foxconn, controlled by Taiwanese billionaire Terry Gou, is China’s largest exporter and 60th largest global corporation with annual revenues of $79 billion (2010). Its largest corporate customer is Apple, whose iPhones and iPads it manufactures, but most other major global electronics companies also contract [...]

Mythos CSR 2011 interview with Jenny Chan

Mythos CSR 2011 interview with Jenny Chan about the SACOM-HP Labour Rights Training Programme is here.

[German: lektronik: Es ist noch ein langer Weg – Interview mit Jenny Chan über Arbeitsrechtstrainings bei HP-Zulieferern in China].

The Washington Post: Foxconn denies vocational students forced to work

By Hayley Tsukayama

A report from The New York Times has highlighted complaints that Foxconn, which assembles components for Apple and other technology companies, has been forcing vocational student workers to make iPhones.

The accusations come from two groups, which have been following Foxconn’s practices closely: A Taiwanese group called Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior and the New York-based group China Labor Watch. China Labor Watch has also been vocal lately about working conditions in Samsung factories, prompting Samsung to look into reports that the companies in its production chain use underage workers to build its phones.