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Vietnam's electronics sector booming

Low wages and favourable investment incentives have made Vietnam's electronics manufacturing sector a highly attractive target for foreign investors. With Singapore and its formerly strong electronics industry at the brink of ...
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Landmark Court Ruling Also Reveals Samsung Data On Occupational Diseases

Landmark Court Ruling Also Reveals Samsung Data On Occupational Diseases | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
Seoul’s higher court that has upheld a lower court ruling in favor of posthumous workers compensation payouts for a Samsung employee built its case upon Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s own data, SHARPS has learned. Occupationally Caused Cancer On July 7, 2017, the court ruled in favor of workers comp benefits for the bereft family of…
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Life and death in Apple’s forbidden city

Life and death in Apple’s forbidden city | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
In an extract from his new book, Brian Merchant reveals how he gained access to Longhua, the vast complex where iPhones are made and where, in 2010, unhappy workers started killing themselves
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These Women Are Paying the Price for Our Digital World

These Women Are Paying the Price for Our Digital World | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
Workers in Asian factories might still be exposed to chemicals banned in the U.S. 25 years ago. Photographs by Anastasia Taylor-Lind for Bloomberg Businessweek.
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South Korea’s Workers Comp Agency Doesn’t Appeal Court Ruling In Favor Of Samsung Victim 

South Korea’s Workers Comp Agency Doesn’t Appeal Court Ruling In Favor Of Samsung Victim  | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
South Korea’s workers compensation agency has decided against appealing a higher-court order to grant workers compensation benefits to a Samsung cluster victim, a rare move for the agency which often does not approve workers comp claims until claimants exhausts their legal recourse. Window To Appeal As of June 17, the KCOMWEL passed up a three-week…
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A young man who lost his vision making Samsung smartphones testifies before UN

A young man who lost his vision making Samsung smartphones testifies before UN | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
In testimony before UN Human Rights Council, Kim Yeong-shin seeking justice from the government and Samsung
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SHARPS Marks the 600th Day of Sit-in with Global Labor Leader’s Visit and Another Court Win

SHARPS Marks the 600th Day of Sit-in with Global Labor Leader’s Visit and Another Court Win | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
As SHARPS’ sit-in has surpassed the 600 day mark, Sharan Burrow, general Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, visited the very site where families of Samsung’s cluster victims and SHARPS advocates have been squatting in protest of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. for scuppering negotiations. Solidary of 180 Million Workers Worldwide “Thanks for your amazing…
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A Critical Milestone: SHARPS and Presidential Frontrunner Agree to Policy Framework On Samsung

A Critical Milestone: SHARPS and Presidential Frontrunner Agree to Policy Framework On Samsung | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
SHARPS and the party of South Korea’s Presidential frontrunner have agreed to a policy framework aimed at resolving the occupational disease cluster of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.—one of the most critical milestones in ten years of advocacy campaigning for more than 200 former Samsung employees contracted with a variety of blood disorders. Four-Point Framework On…
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The Apple way to make products: a response to Apple’s 10th ‘supplier responsibility progress report’

The Apple way to make products: a response to Apple’s 10th ‘supplier responsibility progress report’ | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
Apple is among the world’s largest companies and has a supply chain to match, but does its claim to be strict on supplier labour standards hold water?
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Tech companies must do more to avoid using minerals tainted by rights abuses

Tech companies must do more to avoid using minerals tainted by rights abuses | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
Report claims smartphones and TVs often contain minerals from Colombia, Peru, Myanmar and elsewhere that may be associated with human rights abuses
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From Smart to Senseless: The Global Impact of Ten Years of Smartphones

From Smart to Senseless: The Global Impact of Ten Years of Smartphones | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
Since 2007, more than 7 billion smartphones have been produced. And while smartphones have changed the world in many positive ways, the manufacturing of these gadgets is having devastating impacts on our planet.
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The People Who Die to Make Your Cell Phone

The People Who Die to Make Your Cell Phone | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
According to experts, more than half of the world’s supply of Cobalt comes from the DRC, with 20 percent of it from what are called “artisanal mines.” For many Congolese people, mining cobalt is the only way to feed their families unfortunately, artisanal mine
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Can Google and Amazon build a greener Internet despite Trump?

Can Google and Amazon build a greener Internet despite Trump? | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
Almost 20 have committed to running their data centers and other facilities on 100 percent renewable energy as a way to fight global warming, although they differ on timetables and details. Yet other companies are opening energy-hungry data centers in states and countries that still derive most of their electricity from coal-fired power plants, which release more greenhouse gases than plants burning natural gas. [...] in 2017, Google plans to buy as much renewable power as the company uses worldwide. Since Google operates in some countries where renewable power remains scarce, the company will buy more than it needs in places where it is plentiful and sell any excess electricity on the open market. The report gives high marks to Facebook, Apple and Google, who have used their purchasing power to help create a renewable energy market that other Internet companies can tap. [...] it doesn’t release enough information about its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for outsiders to gauge the effectiveness of the steps it has taken to combat climate change, according to Greenpeace. While Greenpeace hopes to prod more Internet companies into action, it also wants such leaders as Google, Apple and Facebook to advocate in public for renewable power policies once Trump takes office. Trump has pledged to revive the American coal industry and has stocked both his transition team and his cabinet picks with people who have questioned climate science or tried to block efforts to rein in greenhouse gases.
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NGOs demand Samsung protect employees from toxic chemicals

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American Chipmakers Had a Toxic Problem. Then They Outsourced It

American Chipmakers Had a Toxic Problem. Then They Outsourced It | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
Twenty-five years ago, U.S. tech companies pledged to stop using chemicals that caused miscarriages and birth defects. They failed to ensure that their Asian suppliers did the same.
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A Documentary On Samsung Cluster Victims Premieres at S. Korea’s National Assembly

A Documentary On Samsung Cluster Victims Premieres at S. Korea’s National Assembly | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
A new documentary on the agonies of victims of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s blood-disorder cluster has chosen an unusual venue for its premiere:  South Korea’s National Assembly hall. On Jun 20, 2017 the new film, Stories from the Cleanroom, had its premiere, hosted by the euljiro committee, a caucus of young legislators of the ruling…
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UNEARTH – The Viewsletter – Issue 3

UNEARTH – The Viewsletter – Issue 3 | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
UNEARTH- The Viewsletter June 2017 Issue 3 From the Managing Trustee Desk Dear Readers, In the past few months I have been having a very big carbon footprint as Environics is taking more responsibilities for the Asian and Global Networks of which we have members. The issue of Climate is the most critical in these…
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International Rights Groups Urge S. Korean Ruling Party To Keep Pledge With SHARPS

International Rights Groups Urge S. Korean Ruling Party To Keep Pledge With SHARPS | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
  Five global worker-safety advocacy groups have released a joint statement urging South Korea’s governing party to promptly act on its agreement with SHARPS. “The recent framework agreement signed by the Minjoo Party and SHARPS provides key objectives for worker safety policies,” said the five groups in the joint statement on June 15, 2017, pointing to the…
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EU regulation on responsible mining will be ineffective — Goodelectronics

The EU regulation on mineral sourcing that comes into force today is a good but small first step. Additionally, due to its limited scope and delay in implementation, it will not be effective enough, says the GoodElectronics Network. The extraction and trade of minerals, including those that end up in our electronics, has been widely linked to serious human rights violations and environmental pollution.
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Bhutan could have produced 2,400 MT of e-waste in 2016

It has been more than a year since officials from the Department of Information Technology an
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Photo Story: How E-Waste Workers in Delhi Jeopardise Their Health to Earn a Living

Photo Story: How E-Waste Workers in Delhi Jeopardise Their Health to Earn a Living | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
In Seelampur, Delhi, the informal e-waste recycling industry takes a massive toll on workers and the environment.
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Interns in China used as cheap and disposable labor supply — Goodelectronics

Interns in China used as cheap and disposable labor supply — Goodelectronics | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
The article 'Intern Labor in China', authored by Dr. Jenny Chan, describes the increasing importance of student interns as a source of labor in the Chinese labor market. The hopes that internships will lead to careers are being systematically undermined. Read the full article here.
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"Complicit" 2017 Trailer

COMPLICIT tells the story of Yi Yeting, a former migrant worker struggling to survive occupational leukemia in China's electronics factory zone. He discovers…
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Electronics industry supply chains of despair

Electronics industry supply chains of despair | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
Renowned US documentary maker Sue Williams says the blame for e-waste stretches all the way from manufacturers to consumers
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Former Samsung worker’s multiple sclerosis ruled a work-related disease

Former Samsung worker’s multiple sclerosis ruled a work-related disease | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
Samsung ordered to compensate former worker for medical treatment costs related to rare ailment
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Study finds dramatic increase in amount of e-waste discarded across Asia

Study finds dramatic increase in amount of e-waste discarded across Asia | Electronics - Issues and Problems | Scoop.it
A new report has revealed a variety of serious health problems may be linked to rising amounts of e-waste being thrown out in Asia. 
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