Electronics Watch is proud to welcome four new affiliates: The State of Vaud, the first Swiss affiliate; and the University of Bournemouth, University of Westminster, and Swansea University in the UK.
According to the International Labour Organization about 21 million men, women and children around the world work in conditions of slavery and forced labour today. Documented forced labour practices in the electronics industry include student "intern" workers in China who are forced to work as regular workers for one or two years in order to obtain their educational diplomas, and excessive recruitment fees and deceptive recruitment practices resulting in debt bondage among electronics workers in Malaysia.
"Last year I suffered from hypotension. We worked five weeks in a row, weekends included, nonstop, so we could then exchange these days and get our December holidays. We were also working overtime. People got so burnt out they did not want to stay, simply because they could not stand it anymore. It was physically impossible to continue to work."
—Manuel, electronics worker, interview by CEREAL
On March 30, 2016 Apple released its 10th Supplier Responsibility Progress Report. Two days later, on April 1, the latest UK Higher Education Framework Agreement for Apple products went live. It includes the Electronics Watch Contract Conditions, which means that UK universities affiliated to Electronics Watch can now legally require their contractors to respect domestic and international labour standards in Apple's supplier factories.
Three more affiliates from three countries join the growing number of public organisations committed to independent monitoring of their electronics supply chain
Nottingham Trent University (UK), the City of Sant Boi de Llobregat in Catalonia (Spain), and Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (Netherlands), are the latest public institutions to affiliate to Electronics Watch, bringing the total number of 'founding members' up to 15.
The Mobile Social Congress, an alternative congress promoting a fairer electronics industry, took place on Tuesday 23 February in the afternoon at Casinet d'Hostafrancs in Barcelona. It is an initiative led by SETEM, Electronics Watch's partner in Spain, in collaboration with several organizations, including Amnesty International Catalonia, the Catalan network of organisation for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fairphone, the telecommunications cooperative Eticom, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the open telecommunications network Guifinet.
Electronics Watch is delighted to introduce you to its new staff team
The City of Barcelona makes a social and environmental commitment to the workers of the electronics industry
The City of Barcelona has affiliated to Electronics Watch, making a social and environmental commitment to the workers of the electronics industry. The City made its announcement during the the Mobile World Congress, an annual gathering for the mobile industry and related industries, held in Barcelona, the Mobile World Capital.
Transport for London (TfL) has become the first public transport organisation to affiliate to Electronics Watch, providing €60,000 a year to fund long-term monitoring and improvement of factories, and gain access to intelligence from Electronics Watch partnerships with monitoring organisations based in the areas of electronics production used by the public sector. TfL already has a strict ethical procurement process in place to encourage and support its suppliers to provide good and fair working conditions.