It’s hard to imagine a world without electronic gadgets. We all rely on Information Technology-IT everyday. In fact, IT has improved our lives in many different ways. But it has also created many new problems around the world.
As part of the Make IT Better campaign of Friends of the Earth, thousands of people have forced Samsung to confirm it uses tin from Bangka Island, Indonesia, where tin mining is ravaging forests and coral reefs, injuring miners and destroying fishermen's livelihoods. Apple almost certainly also uses tin in its mobile phones that has come from that same Island.
You can now write to Apple to be transparent about its supply chain and to encourage other companies to do the same: http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/make_it_better_action_37571.html
Civil society organisations from India and around the world are highly concerned about the recent spree of retrenching electronics workers in the Sriperumbudur industrial area in Tamil Nadu, India. The trend was set when Nokia India Pvt. Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Finish multinational Nokia Corporation, started to lay off workers in April 2014. This had a cascading effect on Nokia’s supplier companies. Now, the jobs of thousands of workers in these factories are at stake.
New company profile on ASMI on World Day of Health and Safety at Work
In a research into grievance mechanisms in the electronics industry in 5 different countries SOMO found that very few workers have trust in the grievance mechanisms in their company. Most workers do not know how complaints are handled, and have limited knowledge about the different complaint channels. Overall contract workers are treated unequally: in several cases they have no access to the existing grievance mechanisms. The high level of mistrust and the low percentage of satisfactorily resolved complaints demonstrate an overall poor performance regarding GM implementation.
Keeping an eye on Apple - GoodElectronics and makeITfair joint statement
A new investigation by the Chinese NGO Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) into Apple supplier Biel Crystal has revealed numerous labour abuses and violation of Chinese Labour Law. The findings are presented in the report “Stains on Iphones’ cover glass. Dehumanized working condition of Biel Crystal for Apple's Products”.