Casio Computer Co., Ltd. has established the Casio Group Policy on Human Rights effective July 1, 2014. In 2013, Casio revised the Casio Group Code of Conduct in order to accommodate rising expectations from international society for corporate activities to incorporate the philosophy of respect for human rights. As part of this effort, Casio stepped up its human rights initiatives and included a new provision that clearly states its support and respect for international norms on human rights as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Dutch labour inspection has given Pegatron 3 months to improve the labour conditions in its establishment in Breda, the Netherlands. Earlier this month, complaints from workers revealed that labour conditions were very harsh. Bad ventilation and humidity led to high temperatures, causing at least 8 people to faint. One person had to be brought to hospital by ambulance.
On July 7, 24 activists from Milieudefensie, the Dutch chapter of Friends of the Earth International, left their handprints on the front wall of Microsofts headquarter in the Netherlands. Microsoft refuses to engage in fair mining of tin, used in their electronics. The activists got arrested, but were released after a few hours.
Last week Apple invited journalists on a rare tour of its data centre in North Carolina to showcase its green efforts. 55,000 solar panels are tracking the course of the sun from a 400,000 square metre field across the road from Apple’s data centre in Maiden. Data centres require huge loads of electricity to maintain climatic conditions and to run the servers carrying out billions of electronic transactions every day. Apple is also moving to install solar and geothermal power at a plant in Mesa, Arizona, that has been manufacturing sapphire glass, used e.g. for screens.
Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest smartphone maker, will open a plant in South Africa, a Trade and Industry Department official said. The company said it will make an announcement in two weeks. The facility will be at the Dube TradePort, a duty-free area adjacent to the harbor in the eastern city of Durban. It’s one of several special economic zones the country is setting up to encourage investment.