Procurement tools and studies
Protecting Chinese Workers’ Rights During the 2020 Epidemic: Guidance for Public Buyers
The new, flu-like virus first observed in China is now a worldwide epidemic with serious consequences and risks for workers' rights. The epidemic's effects will extend well beyond the risk of people becoming ill. Limits on people's mobility will obstruct their return to work, resulting in a loss of income for everyone involved. People will struggle with the restrictive environment of monitoring and quarantining. Electronics Watch and the Economic Rights Institute has released guidance for public buyers to help protect the rights of workers in their supply chains affected by the epidemic.
Electronics Watch Contract Conditions with Guidance for Contractors
Guidance for Remediation and Prevention of Migrant Worker Recruitment Fees and Related Costs in Public Procurement, April 2019
This guidance for remediation and prevention of migrant worker recruitment fees and related costs is intended as a framework to help public buyers detect when the recruitment of migrant workers at any point in their supply chains creates risk of forced labour through debt bondage; guide suppliers in detecting, remedying and preventing recruitment fees and related costs charged to migrant workers; and ensure appropriate remedy when migrant workers face risk of debt bondage caused by recruitment fees and related costs.
Guidelines on Best Practices Preventing Eye Strain in the Examination of Screens, October 2018
Employees who examine screens for blemishes under bright lights in large electronics suppliers have reported to Electronics Watch that their eyesight declines within a shortperiod of time. Their only recourse, some of them have told researchers, is to resign fromtheir jobs. These Guidelines to mitigate, prevent and remedy eye strain are intended toensure these workers and others who work under similar conditions do not need to resign in order to protect their health.
The Electronics Watch Contractor Guidance, September 2017
The Electronics Watch Contractor Guidance is a detailed and comprehensive due diligence guide for ICT hardware contractors that sell products to public sector buyers. It is designed to help these contractors comply with the Electronics Watch Contract Conditions and similar contract performance standards that aim to improve working conditions in factories that make the goods public sector organisations buy. The Guidance defines 11 concrete outcomes to enhance supply chain transparency, industry cooperation with independent monitors, and factory compliance with labour rights and safety standards. Contractors must achieve outcomes within their direct control, and demonstrate effective due diligence towards achieving other outcomes. See praise for the Contractor Guidance from experts and public sector buyers here.
Public Procurement & Human Rights Due Diligence: A Case Study of the Swedish County Councils and the Dell Computer Corporation, February, 2016
This Electronics Watch study of the Swedish county councils' experience in working with its IT contractor, Atea, and subcontractor, Dell, to respect workers' rights in China contains valuable lessons for public sector buyers that seek to ensure respect for labour rights in their global supply chains.
Briefing note: Electronics Watch: Supporting Compliance with the Modern Slavery Act
Are you a public sector buyer in the UK looking for tools to help you comply with the Modern Slavery Act? Or are you simply looking for the most effective ways of eliminating human trafficking, slavery, and forced labour from your supply chain? Electronics Watch can help with your ICT hardware supply chain. This memo explains how.
The UK Higher Education and National Apple Equipment and Services Framework Agreement
The latest UK Higher Education Framework Agreement for Apple products includes the Electronics Watch Contract Conditions. Here is a summary of the contractors' responsibilities under these Conditions.