Funding

In January 2014, the GoodElectronics Network started its 5-year EC-funded programme (hereafter called ‘The Action’). The 4 project partners are: SOMO (the Netherlands), CEREAL (Mexico), Cividep (India) and IndustriALL Global Union (Switzerland).

Overall objective

The Action will contribute to an electronics industry characterised by compliance with the highest international human rights and sustainability standards, where labour rights and environmental norms are respected throughout the entire production cycle, from the mining of minerals used in electronics products, to the manufacturing phase, and the recycling and disposal of electronics waste, both on the level of companies’ own operations and in the supply chain.

Specific objectives

Over the past years, the GoodElectronics Network (GE) has grown into a powerful and respected stakeholder for CSOs, electronics companies, multi stakeholder initiatives, international bodies and governments alike. The GE Network aims to consolidate its position and its leverage in order to achieve sustainable change and improvement of labour and environmental issues. A strengthened and well-functioning GE Network is therefore a key factor in achieving the overall and specific objectives. Through informing, supporting and capacity building of CSOs within the network as well as a wider group of CSOs (specific objective 1), not only will they be better equipped to play their role as countervailing power, but also this will build a stronger base which can develop further activities. In particular these activities will focus on developing mature industrial relations (specific objective 2) as well as multi stakeholder engagement (specific objective 3).

Results

The Action strives towards three results:

  1. Civil society organisations, including trade unions, are informed, supported and capacitated to play their role as countervailing power in the electronics sector, in order to empower precarious workers and address corporate abuse, both on the local and the international level.
  2. Mature industrial relations involving trade unions and electronics companies, on the global and the national level have been established.
  3. Meaningful engagement between civil society and electronics companies and other relevant actors along the global electronics supply chain has been developed.

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