The Poisonous Pearl

Occupational chemical poisoning in the electronics industry in the Pearl River Delta, People’s Republic of China

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.
Authors Chan, Jason
Fung, Pikki
Overeem, P.
Type Report
Date September 2016
Theme Elektronica
Companies Acer
Philips
Sony
Motorola
Apple
Canon
Nokia
Samsung
LG
Hyundai
Foxconn
SHARP
ASUS
Huawei
Responsible organisation SOMO
LAC - Labour Action China
LESN
Countries China
Regions Asia
Publisher GoodElectronics

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