Artist’s impression of discussion on freedom of association at
GoodElectronics and makeITfair Round Table with the electronics
industry, 9-10 May, Amsterdam. By Maarten Wolterink.
Workers at the electronics components company PT Livatec have succeeded in regaining the majority of their unpaid wages by auctioning all of the factory's moveable assets.
The toxic tide of e-waste will be lessened now that electronics giant Philips has agreed to begin to take responsibility for recycling its own products. The more toxic components there are in a product the more costly it is to recycle. Now Philips will have the ultimate incentive to create less toxic products: saving money!
Following a three-year undercover investigation, Greenpeace has shown once again that electronic waste - like your old TV set - still isn't being responsibly recycled like it's supposed to be. Instead, e-waste is being disguised as second-hand goods and shipped off to Nigeria, where it is sold, scrapped or illegally dumped.
As the Mobile World Congress opens in Barcelona on 16 February, Global Witness is calling on mobile phone manufacturers to audit their supply chains in order to exclude minerals financing the armed conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).