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.
Samsung and Apple almost certainly use tin in their mobiles that's come from Bangka Island - where tin mining is ravaging forests and coral reefs, injuring miners and destroying fishermen's livelihoods.
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 destroying tropical forests, coral reefs and livelihoods. You can now write to Apple to do the same: http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/make_it_better_action_37571.html
Hong Kong, 24 August 2012 - A report by the Fair Labour Association (FLA) shows that there are some policy changes at Foxconn but few improvements for workers. Read this news release from SACOM, Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour.
Today, 31 May 2012, the Hong Kong based labour group Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) has released a report entitled 'Sweatshops are good for Apple and Foxconn, but not for workers'. SACOM responds to a remark by Terry Gou, CEO of Foxconn, that “There's nothing wrong with working hard, with blood and sweat, as long as no laws are broken.”
“What’s wrong with sweatshops?” sums up the attitude of Terry Gou Taiming, the Foxconn CEO. In April 2012, when Foxconn organised a trip to Taiwan for selected Mainland workers, Gou explained his views to the Taiwan media, saying "There's nothing wrong with working hard, with blood and sweat, as long as no laws are broken." Most of the workers are angry with Terry Gou’s statement. “Of course sweatshops are good for Terry Gou, but not us. Without our blood and sweat, how could Foxconn grow rapidly?” Lin Yong, a male worker from Guanlan campus retorted.
GoodElectronics and makeITfair statement -- The FLA report ‘Independent investigation of Apple’s supplier Foxconn’ confirms abusive labour conditions as have been reported over the past years by local and international labour groups. GoodElectronics and makeITfair welcome the FLA efforts but also point out serious flaws in the root cause analysis and the proposed solutions. Since Apple joined FLA in January 2012, makeITfair and GoodElectronics have issued a number of statements commenting upon the new developments.
GoodElectronics, makeITfair, IMF declare FLA investigation at Apple supplier Foxconn to be a PR stunt
On the occasion of Apple’s 2012 annual shareholders’ meeting GoodElectronics, makeITfair, and International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) share their concerns with Apple shareholders regarding persisting labour rights violations at Apple’s suppliers in China, as well as in India and other countries. GoodElectronics, makeITfair and the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) are among a growing group of concerned civil society organisations calling upon Apple to improve its act. Apple has recently joined the Fair Labor Association (FLA), but this seems to be a mere PR stunt.