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Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia

Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The men said they had been deceived about pay, had their passports confiscated and had been told that they must pay large fines if they wanted to return to Nepal before the end of their contract. They also claimed they were forced to work for up to 14 hours on their feet without adequate rest, and with restricted toilet breaks, in an attempt to settle recruitment fees of up to £1,000 – they said they had to pay this money to secure their jobs
EcoVadis's insight:

These allegations have led Samsung and Panasonic to open investigations into the conduct of their suppliers; are you waiting for allegations to ensure that your supply chain is clean from labour abuses?

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Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International

Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Conditions in the mines are rarely safe, and Amnesty International reports that most miners work without essential protective gear, such as gloves, work clothes, or face masks to protect their skin and lungs from disease. The organization says at least 80 miners died in the DRC between September 2014 and December 2015, and many more become ill from working in the poor conditions.
To make matters worse, many of the miners Amnesty International interviewed were children who said they worked for 12 hours a day to earn a mere dollar or two. UNICEF says that approximately 40,000 children worked in mines in the DRC in 2014, and that the majority of them were mining cobalt.

EcoVadis's insight:

Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. Are you sure that your mobile phone is free from conflict minerals?

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Apple is under fire for “excessive overtime” and illegal working conditions in another Chinese factory

Apple is under fire for “excessive overtime” and illegal working conditions in another Chinese factory | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Assembling devices for Apple has always been a cyclical, low-margin business, albeit one that was highly desirable when the Steve Jobs-led firm could do no wrong, and its revolutionary products were sure-fire hits. Now that the rest of the world is catching up to Apple on tablets and Google’s Android platform has surpassed the iPhone, there are dangerous new uncertainties for business models with barely any room for error.
Conditions at Apple’s other major manufacturer, Foxconn, have historically been poor, with underage children making products in the factories, and multiple suicides reported. Go get more robots, Apple. Humans don’t deserve this.
EcoVadis's insight:

Companies such as Apple are going through hard times for not having a proper monitoring of their supply chain; how are you ensuring that these type of investigations don't fall on your company?

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Human Trafficking the Top Concern for United Kingdom Commercial Enterprises

Human Trafficking the Top Concern for United Kingdom Commercial Enterprises | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

U.K. investigators appear to be examining all areas of modern-day slavery – from working conditions within the country to a company’s international supply chain. Investigators have good reason to suspect this: Recent studies suggest that more than two-thirds of all businesses believe it is very likely modern slavery has or currently exists within their supply chain.  Now that companies have filed their first few rounds of statements required under the Act, investigators are expected to be conducting exhaustive checks in the coming weeks and months.

EcoVadis's insight:

Alarming figures from a recent study shows that modern slavery is omnipresent in the supply chain; is it present in yours too? How are you helping eradicating it?

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Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7

Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 50,000 workers from some of Vietnam's poorest towns and villages work up to 12 hours a day in the vast Samsung complex built amid farmland with one of Southeast Asia's cheapest labour markets.
And while Samsung insists it will not axe jobs in Vietnam this year because of the scandal, workers in the battery factory within the complex say the company has already started temporary lay-offs.

EcoVadis's insight:

No company would want to face this type of scandal and view it's share price hit particularly badly. How are you ensuring that your supply chain is clean?

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Samsung Labor Scandal: Company Cheats Factory Workers! Learn the Truth

Samsung Labor Scandal: Company Cheats Factory Workers! Learn the Truth | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Samsung labor scandal has hit Malaysia factory where the workers have to work under poor conditions and paid as little as £268 a month [A$449]. A total of 2,000 workers spend up to 12 hours a day in the plant where Samsung microwaves are manufactured. Is the company cheating factory workers?
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Sad to see that workers fall prey to dishonest labor supply companies that say they can improve their overall condition.

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100,000 Work-Related Cancer Deaths Each Year, Industry Still Fighting EU On Employee Protection 

100,000 Work-Related Cancer Deaths Each Year, Industry Still Fighting EU On Employee Protection  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new report by the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has revealed intense lobbying against improved workplace-related cancer protection, despite advancing cancer research and treatments.
In the EU alone, over 100,000 people a year die due to insufficient protection against cancer-causing substances in the workplace, making the industries’ fight against stricter EU regulation of these carcinogens a severe threat to public health.

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European Parliament is now starting discussions on amending the Commission proposal for better working conditions.

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