Tiny Taiwan is bidding to upstage its giant neighbor by investing heavily in Burma while the Southeast Asian nation’s relations with China remain cool. After a series of recent small-scale Taiwanese investments, the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA) has announced plans to spend nearly half a billion dollars developing an industrial park in the Irrawaddy Delta.
Verité, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that people around the world work under safe, fair, and legal conditions, today announced the findings of a first-of-its-kind study on forced labor in the Malaysian electronics industry. The study found that thirty-two percent of foreign migrant workers surveyed, nearly one in three, were working in conditions of forced labor.
During Q2 most factories made good progress on implementation, and several factories have now caught up, or are ahead of, their work-plans. During Q2’14 the program supplier group has stabilized. After 1 factory left the program, there are 54 suppliers in total, including the new ‘Fast Track’ factories. All suppliers are now implementing work-plans including the 7 Fast Track suppliers, who have already completed their Entry Point Assessments.
Over this Chuseok holiday, Hwang Sang-ki, 59, was behind the wheel of his taxi. He didn’t go to see his daughter Yu-mi, who died of leukemia on Mar. 6, 2007, at the age of 23, while working at a Samsung Electronics semiconductor plant. Hwang Sang-ki had his daughter’s death recognized as related to her semiconductor, but battle for other families still far from over.
This report represents the findings of an investigator who worked at Catcher Technology in Suqian, China. The plant manufactures metal casings for a number of consumer electronics companies including Apple. The investigator discovered extensive violations of Chinese labor laws, as well as violations of Catcher’s policies and Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct, which details standards for worker rights and environmental sustainability for any company supplying to Apple. Many of the violations were similar to those found in a 2013 investigation of the same plant, the results of which were shared with Apple by China Labor Watch.