Electronics Watch Webinars

Electronics Watch is pleased to offer a series of free webinars on socially responsible public procurement, intended primarily for public sector buyers. See below for the next in the series. Further down you can access previous webinar recordings.

Worker voices in public procurement

Tuesday 4 June, 11am-12pm Central European Time Register here

What you can expect to learn:

In this webinar, participants will learn what is means for workers to have a voice in their workplace and explore the topic of “worker voice” in public procurement.  Can public buyers define procurement criteria to strengthen worker voices in their supply chains?  How would they monitor compliance with such criteria?  Participants will have a chance to ask their questions to the guest speakers, and the recording will be available online shortly afterwards.  Electronics Watch encourages participants to review our policy brief on Worker Voices before the webinar.

Guest speakers:

Kathleen McCaughey, Manager Sustainable Supply Chains, Region Stockholm

Kathleen McCaughey has law degrees from both Canada and Sweden. She has worked for over twenty years with human rights and environmental issues for non-governmental organisations. She presently works with human rights, workers' rights and anti-corruption in public procurement for the Region of Stockholm, including the Region's electronics supply chains.

Gopinathan Kunhithayil Parakuni, Civil Initiatives for Development and Peace (CIVIDEP), India

Gopinathan is a founding member and has been General Secretary of Cividep since its inception in the year 2000.  He has worked in English daily journalism, and with civil society organisations concerned with the rights of Dalits, women, marginal farmers and informal sector workers. Gopinathan did his Masters in Social Work, with Personnel Management and Labour Welfare as specialisations.

Previous Webinars

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    Migrant Worker Recruitment in Malaysia

    In this webinar you will learn about migrant worker recruitment issues in Malaysia, including risks of debt bondage and forced labour, and why this matters to public buyers. Presenters discuss findings from recent Electronics Watch research in the electronics sector in Malaysia, the Electronics Watch Guidance for Remediation and Prevention of Migrant Worker Recruitment Fees and Related Costs in Public Procurement, as well as the legal and historical context of migrant worker recruitment in Malaysia. Guest speakers: Joseph Paul, Director, Tenaganita, Malaysia and Andy Hall, Migrant worker rights specialist, United Kingdom.

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    What public procurers can do to protect the health and safety of workers in their electronics supply chains.

    In this webinar you will learn about Organizational Health & Safety (OHS) in the electronics industry, hazards that workers face, including the use of toxic chemicals, and how to address root causes of these problems. You will hear how an Electronics Watch affiliate is using public procurement to protect workers' health and safety, and the important role of worker-driven monitoring in this process. Guest speakers: Sanjiv Pandita - Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) - Hong Kong and Pauline Göthberg - Stockholm County Council – Sweden.

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    The Link Between Employment Conditions and Suicide, June 2018

    In this webinar you will learn about specific workplace conditions that increase risk of worker suicides in Chinese electronics factories, and what industry, the Chinese government, and public buyers can and should do to mitigate this risk. The webinar is based on the report by Economic Rights Institute and Electronics Watch: The Link Between Employment Conditions & Suicide*, which seeks to precisely identify the link between employee suicides and specific employment conditions such as income, shift work, speed and intensity of the work, overtime, time off, respect, and discipline and violence. Webinar participants are guided through the main arguments, conclusions and recommendations from the study, and ask their questions directly to the guest speaker and author of the report, Dimitri Kessler, from the Economic Rights Institute, China.

    *The Link Between Employment Conditions and Suicide is a thorough and scientific study of internet sources on 167 cases of electronics workers committing or trying to commit suicide, including 28 cases of "suicide protests" (where, with one exception, workers do not kill themselves), on site worker surveys at 44 electronics suppliers, and offsite interviews with 252 workers at four suppliers where there have been multiple suicide cases. It also looks at censorship and the issue of post-suicide entitlements, and offers concrete suggestions for government, business, and public buyers.


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    SRPP- Extending to Extractives in the Electronics Industry, April 2018

    In this webinar you will learn about human rights abuses in the mining sector of the electronics supply chain that affect workers, their families, and their communities. The webinar focuses on the most important metals for the electronics industry and explores existing initiatives that address human rights issues in the mining sector.   Presenters discuss how to address the human rights issues as part of a program on socially responsible public procurement and highlight the experiences of University of Edinburgh, the first higher education institution in the UK to adopt a formal conflict minerals policy. Guest speakers: Irene Schipper, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Netherlands and Liz Cooper, Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, The University of Edinburgh.

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    Knowing & Showing Your Supply Chain, February 2018

    This is the first of a series of Electronics Watch webinars, free and intended primarily for public buyers. With conflicting definitions and methodologies, transparency talk in procurement can be confusing. In this webinar, featuring Robert Stumberg, Professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, we look at what transparency really is and why it's so important. We break down the concept into clear and manageable parts - 'How can you know your supply chain?' and 'How can you show your supply chain?', and explore how Electronics Watch can support both of these steps.

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