The Poisonous Pearl, the latest report from GoodElectronics, focuses on the experiences of (former) workers in the electronics industry in China who are victims of chemical poisoning. The health of all the workers in the report was damaged by exposure to hazardous chemicals such as benzene and N-hexane in their work. All were working in large or small factories in the Pearl River Delta-region of China, an area well known as being a global hub for the production of consumer electronics (ICT). Manufacturers based in this region supply components to international brand name companies such as Apple, Asus, Canon, Huawei, Nokia, Samsung and Sony, amongst others. GoodElectronics is calling upon the electronics industry to adopt safer and more sustainable manufacturing practices and proactively reduce and eliminate chemical and physical hazards by developing and adopting safer alternatives. All these changes are necessary to protect and promote human rights, workers rights, and the environment.
The GoodElectronics Network is pleased to share with you our Annual Report 2015. It has been a very productive year for the GoodElectronics network, its network members and project partners. We are proud to highlight some of the achievements we have realised in this report.
On 18 July 2016, the Centre for Reflection and Action on Labour Issues (CEREAL-Guadalajara) has released its seventh annual report on working conditions in the Mexican electronics industry.
This report focuses on child labour in Jharkhand/Bihar for mica mining and processing, and the role of Dutch companies and main manufacturers of pearlescent pigments globally.
A large number of children work in Uganda’s artisanal gold mines. Of all the artisanal gold miners in Uganda, between 20 to 30 per cent are children. Some children (periodically) attend primary school whilst still working in the mines to pay for their education, clothes and books. Many other children work in the mines throughout the year and some even live on the mining sites. Gold mining is arduous work even for adults, but for children the conditions are even more unsafe, unhealthy and the exposure to hazardous and toxic chemicals, including mercury, can lead to life-long health problems.