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Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Human Rights Risks in the Global Supply Chain

Labour rights in the global electronics industry

In advance of International Human Rights Day this Saturday 10 December, this hub seeks to shine a light on labour rights abuses in the global electronics industry, while profiling some potential solutions.

In partnership with People & Planet, we've sought to bring forward voices from electronics producing countries in the Global South, while highlighting the responsibility buyers in the Global North have to drive change, and the opportunities for solidarity action from students and others. At a time when many Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives exist primarily as marketing exercises, we want to promote the organizations, activists and workers who are building effective solutions to systemic issues.

Migration and sweatshops

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The possibility of workers’ rights and climate justice movements responding together provides hope, writes Dalia Gebrial.

Let’s make platform capitalism more accountable

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What do Google, Uber, and Facebook have in common? You might think that the answer is that they are all technology companies. But actually it is that they all pretend to be technology companies. This shared lie amongst platform companies is both bad for workers and bad for users of those platforms, Mark Graham writes.

Christmas' impact on sweatshops

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It’s not elves, but underpaid Chinese workers working around the clock that will enable you to unwrap your presents, writes Amoge Ukaegbu.

Failing workers and the planet

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Ethical supply chain audits can enable business as usual under the veneer of corporate responsibility, write Genevieve LeBaron and Jane Lister.

Samsung has a secret... and so do I.

Samsung can never see my face: story of a secret trade unionist

Samsung has a reputation for modern technology, but also a history of medieval conditions for its estimated 1.5 million workers. An anonymous worker risks all to organize. Read his blog.

Students, solidarity and sweatshops

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After its long history of standing up against injustice, the student movement is taking on the issue of modern slavery, writes Chris Jarvis.

Social and climate justice post-Brexit

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Scholar James Harrison critically explores the problem of how to make sure future trade agreements include environmental and social protections. Interview by Chris Jarvis.

Why worker-led monitoring is needed to challenge electronic sweatshops

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An alternative global strategy for the protection and promotion of workers’ human rights in ICT supply chains is emerging, writes David Foust Rodríguez.

Contracted into precarity

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Anibel Ferus-Comelo explains how a disposable workforce is bearing the brunt of Indian economic growth.

Climate refugees in legal limbo

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More and more people are displaced for environmental reasons, yet we are still to act to mitigate climate change or help those forced to move, writes Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik.

Brands must improve labour standards

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Poor working conditions and violations of labour standards are widespread in the electronics supply chain, and that must change, writes Dr Gale Raj-Reichert.

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Greenwich Symposium

The BHRE Research Group, the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) and Electronics Watch are organising the third Greenwich Symposium on responsible public procurement. This year they will be focusing on Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Human Rights Risks in the Global Supply Chain. Find out more.

Chemical poisoning in China

Occupational chemical poisoning in the electronics industry in the Pearl River Delta, People’s Republic of China, by GoodElectronics. Read the report.

Asia Monitor Resource Centre

An independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) which focuses on Asian labour concerns. Find out more.

Samsung Exposed - Modern Tech, Medieval Conditions

Samsung is one of the largest and best known companies in the world, but no corporate giant can be allowed to operate with disregard for the lives of people, by the International Trade Union Commission. Read the report.

Working conditions in Mexico

On 18 July 2016, the Centre for Reflection and Action on Labour Issues (CEREAL-Guadalajara) released its seventh annual report on working conditions in the Mexican electronics industry. Find out more.

Mapping supply chains

Improving working conditions in the global electronics industry, "The ICT sector in the spotlight" by Electronics Watch. Read the report.

Forced student labour

Western European universities spend billions on IT equipment produced by young Chinese students who are forced to work on production lines during so-called internships, GoodElectronics. Find out more.

Samsung's Secret

An estimated 1,500,000 workers are entrenched in a vast and shadowy web of subcontractors and subsidiaries that runs deep throughout the region. Find out more.

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