The Poisonous Pearl

The Poisonous Pearl

Occupational chemical poisoning in the electronics industry in the Pearl River Delta, People’s Republic of China
The Poisonous Pearl
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Phone companies release too many new models, say consumers

Phone companies release too many new models, say consumers

A survey commissioned by Greenpeace shows that the majority of consumers think that phone manufacturers release too many new models. Almost half said that they agreed that companies should take more responsibility to support recycling. Around six thousand people from the US, Mexico, Russia, Germany,…

RankaBrand ranks 19 electronics brands: bulk of brands get low scores

RankaBrand ranks 19 electronics brands: bulk of brands get low scores

Rankabrand has compared and ranked 19 electronics brands like Apple, Dell, HP, HTC, Huawei, Nintendo, Samsung. The questions used for ranking are categorised into three areas: Labour Conditions and Human Rights, Climate Change, and Ecology. Rankabrand awarded 15 brands with a meager “D” or a…

1.000 workers strike at electronics company Bluecom in Vietnam

1.000 workers strike at electronics company Bluecom in Vietnam

Nearly 1000 Vietnamese workers for the Korean electronics company Bluecom Vina started a strike on April 11 after the Korean directors ignored their pleas to increase wages and reduce working hours. Bluecom is subcontractor to companies like Foxconn, LG and Motorola. The workers said that…

Important improvements at chinese electronic factories but pressing issues remain

Important improvements at chinese electronic factories but pressing issues remain

Four supplier factories of game consoles and MP3 players (supplying to Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, Philips and Sony) have been recently re-examined by makeITfair and made significant improvements. Some important issues remain however: the wage increases are still insufficient: overtime remains significantly high and lack of…

The IT Industry has a critical duty to prevent heavy metal pollution, concludes report

Concerned about alarming reports on heavy metal pollution incidents, Chinese environmental organisations have engaged upon an extensive research project, with a specific focus on IT product manufacture-related heavy metal discharge, especially the battery industry relating to the production of IT products and the electroplate industry…

Analysis of outsourcing and offshoring trends in consumer electronics

Analysis of outsourcing and offshoring trends in consumer electronics

Consumer electronics companies are increasingly using offshore partnerships to drive benefits beyond labor arbitrage. Such companies are leveraging offshoring to drive competitive advantage by tapping into specialized skills and expertise offered by developing economies in Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to the Everest Research…