Groups Demand TCO Withdraw Samsung Certification

Source: Asia Monitor Resource Center, SHARPS, ANROEV, and more

Occupational and Environmental health and justice and workers’ rights groups from Asia, Europe and North America today issued a joint statement condemning TCO Development – the Swedish certification organization – for awarding its first “Sustainability Certification” to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Smartphone, in spite of the fact that Samsung has been severely criticized in South Korea and elsewhere for its dismal occupational safety and health record.


Asia’s Dismal Record of Workplace Safety

Source: ANROEV

As another garment factory burned in Dhaka and the death toll topped 1000 following the April 24 Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, Asian occupational victims’ rights groups today commemorated the anniversary of the tragic Kader toy factory fire that claimed the lives of 188 Thai workers 20 years ago.


Silicon Sweatshops

Source: Global Post

A five-part investigation of the supply chains that produce many of the world’s most popular technology products, from Apple iPhones, to Nokia cell phones, Dell keyboards and more.


Samsung MOU

Source: Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

SAN JOSE – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined Mayor Chuck Reed and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President George Shirakawa to announce plans by Samsung Semiconductor Inc. to create jobs in San Jose by expanding their Research and Development (R&D) facility.


Global Capital, the State, and Chinese Worker — The Foxconn Experience

Source: SAGE Publications

In 2010, a startling 18 young migrant workers attempted suicide at Foxconn Technology Group production facilities in China.


Maquiladora Health and Safety News

Source: Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) has awarded its annual “International Health & Safety Activist” award to Yuying Chen of China.


Tragedies of Globalization

The Truth Behind Electronics Sweatshops — No Contracts, Excessive Overtime, and Discrimination A Report on Abuses in Ten Multinational Electronics Factories

Source: China Labor Watch


Majority of Semiconductor fabs are in seismic zone

Source: IC Insights

IC Insights has studied the seismic-geography data of semiconductor fabs.


Capturing Value in Global Networks: Apple’s iPad and iPhone

Source: University of California, Irvine, University of California, Berkeley, and Syracuse University

This article analyzes the distribution of value from innovation in the global supply chains of the
Apple iPad and iPhone.


Dirty Little Smartphones

Source: PRI

BOSTON — Sure, your phone might be smart. But is it clean? Is it safe to use? And were the workers who built it free from harm?


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