Open letter to Fujitsu calling for constructive engagement with civil society

In February 2009, SACOM and WEED published an updated version of the report “The Dark Side of Cyberspace" describing among other issues the sub-standard working conditions at Dongguan-based Excelsior Electronics. Excelsior is a major supplier to Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC). On 20 April 2009, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, successor to FSC, published a public statement concerning this matter. In this statement FTS declares to suspend cooperation with suppliers that do not fully meet requirements as described its Supplier Code of Conduct. Also, Fujitsu announces to undertake an audit at Excelsior. In an open letter published today, SACOM and WEED respond.

Open letter to Fujitsu calling for constructive engagement with civil society

In February 2009, SACOM and WEED published an updated version of the report “The Dark Side of Cyberspace" describing among other issues the sub-standard working conditions at Dongguan-based Excelsior Electronics, a major supplier to Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC). On 20 April 2009, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, successor to FSC, published a public statement concerning this matter. In this statement FTS declares to suspend cooperation with suppliers that do not fully meet requirements as described its Supplier Code of Conduct. Also, Fujitsu announces to undertake an audit at Excelsior. On 27 April 2009, Excelsior followed with a statement, defending it policies and practices regarding protection of labour rights.

In an open letter published today, SACOM and WEED reiterate their views. The core points of this letter:

  • The audit announced by FTS is welcomed. Audit findings should be discussed with civil society groups;

  • SACOM and WEED call on FTS not to 'cut and run' by severing its business relation with Excelsior, but to take a constructive approach by implementing an action plan in cooperation with Excelsior and credible labour groups to address the identified problems at Excelsior;

  • SACOM and WEED again indicate to be interested in meeting with FTS and Excelsior, but not to accept Fujitsu taking a mere observer role, which would amount to denying its it supply chain responsibility. SACOM and WEED look forward to receiving a favourable reply from Fujitsu by June 30, 2009.

 

WEED and SACOM are part of Procure IT fair, WEED as a consortium member and SACOM as a partner.