This is the story behind the US's first reported victims of take-home lead exposure from an e-scrap facility. When Anthony Harrell accepted a job at an electronics scrap recycling facility in Cincinnati, he was happy to have found work that he liked and that would let him provide for his wife and two children. He didn’t know that working on this job would put his kids’ health in danger.
The ITUC Frontlines report 2016, Scandal: Inside the global supply chains of 50 top companies exposes a hidden workforce of 116 million people. Around 60% of global trade in the real economy is dependent on the supply chains of major corporations, which uses a business model based on exploitation and abuse of human rights in supply chains. Large electronics organisations like Apple inc. and ASM International are among these 50 companies.
On a Wednesday in late February 2010, Hewlett-Packard hosted an unusual training session at its offices in Fort Collins, Colorado. The technology company had decided to eliminate polyvinyl chloride, or PVC — a type of plastic that releases harmful chemicals during production and when burned after disposal — from its power cords. But it realized that to get PVC out of its products, it was going to have to get its suppliers to do so, too.
Labour activist He Xiaobo had been expecting a knock at the door. At about 3pm on 3 December last year, it finally came. As the 42-year-old father-of-two stepped out from the apartment block where he lives with his wife and baby daughter, he was surrounded by police officers.
A court said Friday January 29 that exposure to carcinogens at a Samsung chip factory caused a worker's ovarian cancer in the first ruling in South Korea to link the disease with chemicals that chip workers were exposed to.