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Samsung expects profit growth and has overtaken Intel

Samsung Electronics earnings are expected to hit $12 billion. The growth in profit was driven largely by the success of the company’s semiconductor business. On the other side Samsung management discourages employees from speaking up and identifying problems. On Friday July 7th Samsung Electronics said…

Is Apple really providing learning opportunities to its employees?

A new investigative report disclosing Apple’s interns abuses will be published by SACOM soon. To demand Apple Inc. to stop abusing students and end labour informalization, please like and share SACOM’s animation and join the campaign #iSlaveat10. In recent years, the term “Empowering Workers” has…

Electronics industry launches new initiative against forced labour

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) launched the Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI) to help companies respect the rights of workers that are vulnerable to forced labour. The initiative aims to extend EICC standards to other industries and wants to use complementary solutions to better address…

EU regulation on responsible mining will be ineffective

EU regulation on responsible mining will be ineffective

The EU regulation on mineral sourcing that comes into force today is a good but small first step. Additionally, due to its limited scope and delay in implementation, it will not be effective enough, says the GoodElectronics Network. The extraction and trade of minerals, including…

Chinese interns used as cheap labour at assembly lines

Chinese interns used as cheap labour at assembly lines

Companies like Foxconn and Honda are increasingly depending on interns as cheap workforce. Interns do the same work as regular employees, but are paid lower wages and receive less social security and welfare benefits. Because of the exclusionary university exam system, many Chinese students are…

New OECD practical action tool for companies to tackle child labor

New OECD practical action tool for companies to tackle child labor

The OECD developed a new guideline that describes practical actions companies can undertake in order to identify and prevent child labor in their mineral supply chains. There is increasing awareness about child labor in the mining of minerals that are used for electronic products. Child…

Corporate responsibility for child labor issues in cobalt mines

Corporate responsibility for child labor issues in cobalt mines

Cobalt is an essential element in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that are used for smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the world’s biggest supplier of cobalt, children work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions. Recent reports show that children are working…

Over 11.000 signatures for 'gold in your hands' petition

Over 11.000 signatures for ‘gold in your hands’ petition

The ‘gold in your hands’ petition is part of a campaign initiated by the Stop Child Labour coalition, asking electronics companies to take action against child labor in gold mines. The campaign informed over 1 million people about the human rights abuses in gold mines….

The limits of corporate self-regulation in protecting workers rights

The limits of corporate self-regulation in protecting workers rights

In response to Apple’s 10th Supplier Responsibility Progress Report in 2016, Dr. Jenny Chan shows the limits of corporate self-regulation in China and highlights the responsibility of governments, corporations, unions and public consumers in protecting workers rights in global supply chains. Apple claims that its…