2013 September 16

Electronics Watch launches its website

Today, the Electronics Watch initiative goes live with its international website! This will be the central hub of all online activity to do with the initiative, and provide a useful tool towards improving conditions for electronics workers across the globe.

Electronics Watch is a new initiative that provides European public sector buyers that procure ICT hardware with the opportunity to use their buying power/market share for the improvement of the lives of electronics workers in low-wage production countries.

Electronics Watch is the brainchild of 7 European NGOs (SETEM, Fundacja Centrum CSR.PL, Danwatch, People&Planet, SOMO, Südwind Agentur and WEED) desiring to put into practice existing European regulation on responsible public procurement. Electronics Watch is in the process of being established.

Currently there is little public awareness, action and knowledge amongst political and procurement decision makers in Europe concerning the labour rights violations that occur in the electronics sector. Neither is there any independent, comprehensive, and credible monitoring system to combat these. Electronics Watch aims to reverse this trend, and one of the most powerful tools to do so will be assuring that all the issues at stake are clearly and efficiently communicated to all stakeholders.

As well as detailed information regarding the electronics industry, here, public buyers will be able to learn about concrete ways of controlling their supply chain's ethical standards, and the benefits of working to improve these in collaboration with others rather than going it alone. Workers, brands, supplier companies and factory managers can learn more about labour rights issues such as the need to organise trade unions without repression, and to improve wages, as well as health and safety standards.

So 'Get involved'! Sign up to the Newsletter, follow us on Twitter, and help us in our mission by sharing this website with colleagues, friends, and anyone you think might be interested in the initiative!

More specifically, if you are an expert in these issues, you might want to visit our Advisory Group page, to find out how you can lend your expertise to the development of the organisation.

If you are a public buyer, read more on how to affiliate to Electronics Watch.

Journalists, you should keep an eye on our media section, and concerned citizens can visit our 'campaigning' section, or you might just want to 'donate' to the cause.

If you are a researcher, you will find the pages on the Electronics Industry and Resources especially interesting.

Please, be patient, there's bound to be some mistakes, and we will continue to fine-tune our content as the project progresses. In the meantime we invite you to contact us with ideas, suggestions for improvement, or just for a chat!!

Keep on the Electronics Watch!