Strategy & Annual Reports

Electronics Watch works to achieve the following strategic objectives (or read the full Electronics Watch Strategic Plan 2018-2020):

  • Replace harmful and/or illegal precarious employment with secure jobs.

    1.1.Focus in-depth compliance investigations and remediation activities on factories with high levels of precarious or flexible employment, in particular precarious employment of women workers, and seek reform of purchasing practices that contribute to this problem.

    1.2. Educate public buyers about the harms of precarious employment based on monitoring findings, and about the connections between poor purchasing practices, flexible employment, and harmful working conditions.

    1.3. Develop public procurement tools that help affiliates mitigate and prevent harmful and illegal precarious employment in their electronics supply chains.

  • Make workplaces and environments safe for workers and community members.

    2.1. Expand capacity to monitor and address health and safety risks to workers in the electronics supply chain, including particular risks to women workers, by developing resources for health and safety monitoring and intervention tools, and by collaborating with health and safety experts and trade unions.

    2.2. Educate public buyers on health and safety risks to workers and community members in the electronics supply chain.

    2.3. Develop public procurement tools that help affiliates promote transparency of chemical inventories, protection of workers, environmental safety, and reduction of harmful chemicals in their electronics supply chains.

  • Promote voluntary employment without coercion.

    3.1. Monitor and address areas and practices that present risk of forced labour and modern slavery, including recruitment of migrant workers and employment of students, young workers, and children.

    3.2. Educate public buyers on the risk of forced labour and modern slavery in their electronics supply chains.

    3.3. Develop public procurement tools that help affiliates detect and mitigate risk of forced labour and modern slavery in their electronics supply chains, and ensure remedy to victims in their supply chains.

  • Strengthen the worker-driven monitoring methodology.

    4.1. Conduct surveys and dialogue with monitoring partners and experts to develop the workerdriven monitoring methodology.

    4.2. Publish Worker-Driven Monitoring Guidance, develop modular training resources for on-site workshops, and conduct on-site workshops and trainings on monitoring methodology.

    4.3. Identify and train potential new monitoring partners in manufacturing and mining locations.

    4.4. Increase capacity of local monitoring partners to monitor electronics workplaces linked to affiliates' supply chains using the worker-driven monitoring methodology.

  • Strengthen workers' collective voice and influence in their workplaces.

    5.1. Increase capacity of local monitoring partners and collaborate with international trade unions to strengthen workers' collective voices, including developing effective grievance mechanisms, protecting whistle blowers, and addressing violations of freedom of association.

    5.2. Support civil society monitoring partners in fostering social dialogue between workers and employers.

    5.3. Educate public buyers on the importance of workers' voices for sustainable improvements in workplaces.

  • Increase worker-driven supply chain transparency.

    6.1. Educate public buyers about supply chain transparency from workers' perspectives: the information and resources they need to ensure their safety and protect their rights.

    6.2. Provide guidance to public buyers on the legal constraints on supply chain transparency, as well as tools and technical assistance in implementing and enforcing related contractual requirements.

    6.3. Create web-based public supply chain transparency that includes production locations, working conditions, and remedial actions.

    6.4. Support monitoring partners in researching supply chains connected to affiliates' procurements.

  • Strengthen the commitment of existing affiliates and attract new affiliates.

    Enhance services for affiliates

    7.1. Provide the public buyer toolkit: a complete tender model with up-to-date model contract conditions and award criteria compliant with the EU public procurement directive and national legislation; the Electronics Watch Contractor Guidance; supply chain transparency templates and tools; and "domino" tools for resellers to support effective supply chain due diligence.

    7.2. Develop user-friendly monitoring data linked directly to affiliates' supply chains: an individualised dashboard of supplier information, an online factory database, and a Corporate Performance Tracker.

    7.3. Work with local organisations and country representatives to offer in-person services to affiliates in their local languages.

    Provide tools and opportunities for effective outreach and promotion

    7.4. Develop a set of "Ambassador" outreach and promotion tools, including impact statements, that affiliates and others can use to recruit other affiliates.

    7.5. Organise and participate in events that help to expand awareness of Electronics Watch, including the Electronics Watch Annual Conference and public webinars on socially responsible public procurement. Present at a wide range of conferences and collaborate with public procurement related networks.

    7.6. Publish high quality monitoring reports, and use both traditional media and social media to increase visibility of affiliate actions and build brand recognition.

    7.7. Work with civil society organisations in different countries to conduct outreach and education with public buyers and expand the affiliate base.

    Enhance communication flow

    7.8. Enhance information and communication about Electronics Watch, especially with regards to its mission, reach and impact, via its website and affiliates' intranet, newsletters, social media and annual report, and increase opportunities for affiliates and potential affiliates to exchange knowledge and experience and network with each other via webinars and meetings.


  • Build platforms of collaboration with affiliates, monitoring partners, unions and industry.

    8.1. Connect affiliates to one another to exchange knowledge and experience in areas of common interest.

    8.2. Connect affiliates to monitoring partners as appropriate to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration to improve conditions in affiliates' electronics supply chains.

    8.3. Connect monitoring partners in different countries to one another to address common challenges.

    8.4. Create or participate in platforms for affiliates, monitoring partners, unions and industry to address core thematic issues, including precarious employment, health and safety risks, risks of forced labour and modern slavery, freedom of association and workers' voices, supply chain transparency, and purchasing practices.

  • Strengthen relations to the wider organisational ecosystem in the sustainable development and circular economy fields to promote awareness of labour rights issues.

    9.1. Collaborate with researchers in academia, think tanks, and NGOs to understand how labour rights and a circular economy can be jointly strengthened and advanced through public procurement.

    9.2. Collaborate with trade unions internationally to research connections between labour rights, a circular economy and digitalization to advance a Just Transition through public procurement.

    9.3. Join or collaborate with strategically important networks and fora for sustainable development and circular public procurement.

  • Ensure Electronics Watch accountability to stakeholders and maintain robust organisational functions.

    10.1. Maintain an active Informal Advisory Group with participants in Blocks 1, 2, and 3 who nominate and elect board members from their constituencies, participate in webinars, meetings, and conferences, and provide advice and guidance as needed.

    10.2. Constitute a formal, elected Advisory Board with members from Blocks 1, 2, and 3 who advises the Board of Trustees and safeguards the original purpose of the foundation, promotes the interests of the stakeholders of Electronics Watch, evaluates the performance of the organisation and suggests improvements.

    10.3. Maintain regular and accessible external communications, including an up-to-date website, newsletter and active social media.

    10.4. Ensure organisational structure and functions in accordance with the Bylaws of Electronics Watch.

In our annual reports, you can see what we have achieved so far:

    Electronics Watch Biannual Report 2016-2017

    The Electronics Watch Biannual Report is a comprehensive overview of the activities carried out in the period 2016-2017, including reports from the field showing how affiliates are making a difference, accompanied by the annual accounts and details of organisational and financial development of the organisation.

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