The electronics industry needs about six percent of the total world gold production. However, in some cases gold mining is financing violations of human rights. The case of Colombia's gold mining sector, in which 87 percent of the gold is produced in informal or illegal mines, exemplifies this.
Migrant workers at a Samsung microwave factory in Malaysia find themselves with large debts to labour agencies and work twelve to fourteen hours a day with very little time to eat or drink. The Guardian recently reported on their dire circumstances.
Bloomberg Business visits the most important e-waste recycling town in Mexico and looks into the legislation that has caused the massive inflow of old electronic devices into the country.
Chemical Challenge Gap Analysis: Electronics industry standards fall short of protecting the health and safety of electronics workers
This week GoodElectronics and the IRCT launched the online Chemical Challenge Gap Analysis, showing just how far the manufacturing standards developed by the electronics industry fall short of expectations set by experts in occupational health and safety as well as civil society organizations.
On the occasion of Repórter Brasil's fifteenth anniversary, executive secretary Marcel Gomes reflects on the NGO's achievements and ambitions.