SACOM report: labour conditions and outsourcing in electronics industry.

Poor labour conditions contradict the self-proclaimed clean and progressive image of the information industry. Inside the spacious and modern-looking factory buildings, production sites and systems are no different from typical sweatshops. One of the major causes of the exploitation of workers is the outsourcing system and associated evasion of social responsibility of the trans-national companies. The top global computer brand company DELL for instance, was found in SACOM’s last report to be outsourcing to Yong Hong Electronics Factory in Shenzhen who employ children. DELL failed to commit itself and the supplier factory for ratification and improvement. Instead the trans-national buyer chose to terminate the business relation, wash its hands and evade long-term responsibility with its supplier. The reaction of DELL is corporate irresponsibility, not responsibility. The full report can be downloaded here.