2022 September 26

Electronics Watch Increases Workers’ Access to Remedy with Grant from GIZ

A grant from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ - the German Agency for International Cooperation) will support Electronics Watch to increase workers' access to remedy. The programme will focus on Vietnam, Malaysia and China. As a federally owned enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

Over the last five years, the Electronics Watch impact model has enabled us to deliver remedy in individual factory cases. Hundreds of thousands of workers have seen measurable improvements in their working conditions and livelihoods. The commitment of over 400 affiliates in Europe and Australia and monitoring partners in nine countries have strengthened our worker-driven grievance mechanism.

The grant is part of GIZ’s Initiative for Global Solidarity commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The aim of the project is to enable buying and supplying companies in the electronics and garment sectors to better implement human rights and environmental due diligence, and to comply with the Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (Supply Chain Act), passed in Germany in 2021.

Electronics Watch will work with our monitoring partners in Vietnam, Malaysia, and China to develop smartphone-based access to the grievance mechanism and remote monitoring methodologies, and strengthen our worker-driven monitoring capacities.