Electronics Watch Webinars
The Impact of Covid-19 on Electronics: from mining, to manufacturing and public procurement. How are workers and communities coping and how can public procurement support?
June 23, 2020, 11:00-12:30 CEST (Register here).
- Image: Woman leaching tin from waste rock in Machacamarca (Oruro, Bolivia). © Silke Ronsse / CATAPA
The Corona virus has led to a crisis of unprecedented magnitude. The electronics industry with its global supply chains is strongly affected. The situation is still dynamic with countries like China already experiencing the second wave of the crisis – economic slowdown, factory closures and unemployment – while other regions are still under lockdown.
This webinar takes you behind the headlines of the Corona crisis to shine a spotlight on the impact on workers in different parts of the electronics supply chain, from miners and mining communities in Latin America to manufacturing workers across Asia. We will take you from the struggles of workers to the challenges public buyers face in Europe and how they are trying to engage their ICT supply chains to protect workers’ rights and safety.
The webinar features four experts on these topics:
- Charlotte Christiaens, General Coordinator, CATAPA, Belgium
- Kim Thi Thu Ha, Managing Director, Center for Development and Integration, Vietnam
- Mike Kilner, Senior Category Manager, London Universities Purchasing Consortium, UK
- Omana George, Monitoring Coordinator, Electronics Watch, Hong Kong
This webinar is for:
- Public buyers who want to understand the situation in their ICT supply chains better and what they can do to protect workers’ rights and safety.
- Policy makers who want to understand the situation in global ICT supply chains, practical actions taken by public buyers and why economic and public health policy must be based on global solidarity.
- Civil society who want to understand the situation in global ICT supply chains and how the situation of local labour rights organisations is developing.
- General public who want to understand the situation in global ICT supply chains.
Please register for the webinar here.
This webinar has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this webinar are the sole responsibility of Electronics Watch and its partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. This webinar is part of the project 'Make ICT Fair - Reforming Manufacture & Minerals Supply Chains through Policy, Finance & Public Procurement', co-funded by European Union.
Regional Risk Assessment, Vietnam
In this webinar you will hear about labour rights risks in Vietnam based on the recently released Electronics Watch Regional Risk Assessment of the Electronics Industry in Vietnam. Electronics Watch monitoring partner, Center for Development and Integration (CDI) in Vietnam set up a team of local researchers to conduct the research for this risk assessment. They highlight risks in the areas of freedom of employment, freedom of association, working hours, and health and safety. Guest speaker: Ha Kim, Managing Director, Centre for Development and Integration, Vietnam.
Worker Voices in Public Procurement
In this webinar, participants will learn what it 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? See also our policy brief on Worker Voices. Guest speakers: Gopinathan Parakuni (Cividep, India) and Kathleen McCaughey (Region Stockholm, Sweden).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.