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.
'Inside the sweatshops of China's computer hardware production' - a speaker tour organised by Procure IT Fair. Jenny Chan and Charles Ho of the Chinese NGO SACOM will visit Berlin, Brno, Prague, Munich, Dresden and Warsaw.
The GoodElectronics Round Table that took place recently in Jakarta, Indonesia, issued a strong worded statement calling upon the electronics industry to ensure measures are taken to shield vulnerable workers from the negative effects of the current global crisis.
The Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) has extended the review process for its Code of conduct. Deadline is now December 31, 2008. Participants to the GoodElectronics Network have in the past years repeatedly submitted feedback and critique on the EICC code. The extension of the review process also offers GoodElectronics an opportunity to reiterate previously shared comments and suggestions for improvement of the code.
Priding itself upon its transparency, computer giant Dell is pre-annoucing that by mid 2009 it will disclose 95% of its suppliers in the next next corporate responsibility report.
In the streets of Mustaffabad, a poor quarter of Delhi, children in sandals sit on top of piles of broken glass and twisted metal, smashing computer monitors. They are electronic waste (e-waste) recyclers, who make a living by tearing apart the toxic remains of old home computers, cell phones and printer cartridges from the United States and other countries. India imported about 50,000 tons of e-waste last year, and e-waste employs about 25,000 people in Delhi.