Students and Scholars
Corporate Misbehaviour

Year Month

CSR in China’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector

SACOM, along with another nine Hong Kong NGOs, were interviewed to provide input into the report “Corporate Social Responsibility in China’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector” and identify ways they might contribute to capability building in the future.

The full report can be downloaded here:
Report – CSR in China ICT sector – FIAS and BSR

Newsletter – Wal-Mart’s Global Labor Violations (Wal-Mart Watch) 2007

The Guardian UK recently published a story documenting the labor violations committed by Bangladeshi factories which supply to Asda and two other British big box retailers. The workers accuse management of paying low wages, demanding excessive overtime, and inflicting physical abuse.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time such accusations have emerged against Asda or Wal-Mart. Over the past few years, the retailer has accumulated a bevy of sweatshops to produce cheap goods at the cost of exploited labor. From Bangladesh to Dominican Republic to the Philippines, Wal-Mart’s record of labor violations is abysmally high.

Newsletter – Motorola Cut & Run to Avoid Responsibility for Workers’ Rights (Good Electronics)

Hivac is a second-tier supplier of Motorola making lenses for Motorola phones out of Nanshan, Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in southern China. After a SACOM and SOMO report revealing labour rights violations, Motorola retained Intertek to conduct a CSR audit at Hivac. Instead of taking corrective actions, Motorola withdrew orders from Hivac as a direct result of pressure on Motorola to enforce workers’ rights at Hivac. By December 2006, some 300 of the 700 production workers at Hivac have had lost their jobs. You can support the workers and SACOM in their demand to Motorola to respond immediately and to fulfill its social responsibilities.