Het is moeilijk om je een wereld voor te stellen zonder electronische gadgets. We zijn allemaal afhankelijk van Informatie Technologie (IT). IT heeft onze levens op vele manieren verbeterd, maar heeft ook veel nieuwe problemen in de wereld veroorzaakt.
Samsung en Apple gebruiken zeer waarschijnlijk tin in hun mobiele telefoons, dat gewonnen is in Bangka eiland, waar tin mijnen een ravage veroorzaken aan bossen, koralen en de visserij.
Als deel van de Make IT Better campagne van Friends of the Earth, kun je naar Samsung en Apple schrijven en hen vragen om de mensen en de natuur van Bangka te helpen.http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/make_it_better_action_37571.html
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.”
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.
Last week, The New York Times published articles on the harsh working conditions at Apple suppliers. The findings of the NYT journalists confirm the investigations done by makeITfair and SACOM. This is not extraordinary as Apple’s supplier responsibility reports, in many cases report the same abuses. What is, however, interesting are the revealing remarks of some insiders which underline the relevancy of the demands of the 2011 “Time to bite into a fair Apple” campaign.
"Workers’ rights in the global electronics sector" - GoodElectronics and makeITfair organise a Round Table bringing together representatives of the electronics industry and civil society organisations, including trade unions, from around the globe. The meeting will take place on 9 + 10 May, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Apple has joined the FLA as the first technology company among a number of garment companies. Is this is a genuine effort by Apple to clean up labour abuses in its supply chain, or merely a way of proving its credentials without actually delivering? For GoodElectronics and makeITfair it is too early to tell. The FLA obligation is to become compliant within the next two years. GoodElectronics and makeITfair will be watching closely to see whether FLA membership means Apple takes action on key problems within its supply chain.