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
Verité, a non-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring that people around the world work under safe, fair, and legal conditions, today announced the findings of a first-of-its-kind study on forced labour in the Malaysian electronics industry. The study found that thirty-two percent of foreign migrant workers surveyed, nearly one in three, were working in conditions of forced labour.
The Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) is fast turning into the world’s e-waste dumping yard with the capital alone getting 86 percent of waste generated in the developed world. Delhi’s e-waste is likely to generate to an extent of 95,000 metric tonnes (MT) per annum by 2017, from the current level of 55,000 metric tonnes, growing at a compound annual rate of about 25%, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) said in her report released last week.
Almost all IT products contain plastics. But, the use of new or 'virgin oil' plastics is connected to a number of sustainability problems. CO2 emissions, high resource use in manufacturing and the threat of hazardous petrochemicals affecting human health and the natural environment are among the effects of using new plastics in IT products. Today only about 10% of plastics from durable goods is recycled, further adding to these threats and the global e-waste crisis.
On July 7, 24 activists from Milieudefensie, the Dutch chapter of Friends of the Earth International, left their handprints on the front wall of Microsofts headquarter in the Netherlands. Microsoft refuses to engage in fair mining of tin, used in their electronics. The activists got arrested, but were released after a few hours.
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.