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Challenge to the Global Electronics Industry

Challenge to the Global Electronics Industry
March 2015

More than 200 civil society groups and activists from electronics production countries and across the globe challenge the electronics industry to improve their act on chemicals management during the production process.  

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Governing health and safety at lower tiers of the computer industry global value chain

Governing health and safety at lower tiers of the computer industry global value chain
March 2015 Khalid Nadvi and Gale Raj-Reichert

Global brands remain under increasing pressure to ensure labour standards and codes of conduct are met by their suppliers. Little is known about how this is addressed by lower tier suppliers. We investigate whether, and how, occupational health and safety standards permeate down the computerindustry value chain.

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Dragging out the best deal

Dragging out the best deal
October 2014

In the electronics sector, direct labour costs generally represent only 2% of the factory selling price. This article explains how an electronic product that is priced $100 when it leaves the factory has a $500 retail price. This, while the workers making the product work for low wages and often work in substandard health and safety conditions.

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ILO report on tackling informaility in e-waste management

ILO report on tackling informaility in e-waste management
October 2014 ILO

The present paper is the product of a joint effort by the Sectoral Activities Department and the Cooperatives Unit of the International Labour Organization (ILO). This initiative supports the ILO’s commitment to promote forms of employment that safeguard the environment, eradicate poverty and promote social justice through sustainable enterprises and decent work, as reinforced by the international Labour Conference (ILC), at its 102nd session in June 2013. Electrical and electronic waste (e-was

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ASM International

ASM International
April 2014

This report finds that the Dutch-based company ASM International N.V. (ASMI) should take responsibility for addressing health risks at the factories of its former subsidiary company, ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT). The fact that ASMI is a minority shareholder of ASMPT is no reason for inaction, the report concludes. The background to the research involved the incident whereby an employee of ASMPT in China fell ill with leukemia, after reportedly being exposed to the carcinogenic substance benzene on the work floor.

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