background preloader

Fair Trade Electronics

Facebook Twitter

Phildunn.amplify. Google Fashion Shopping Site Makes Debut. Google The site allows shoppers to use the choices of prominent style makers as inspiration.

Google Fashion Shopping Site Makes Debut

Deconstructing Foxconn. Real-Time News Curation: NewsMastering and NewsRadars. Web 2.0 Expo NY: Clay Shirky ( It's Not Information Overload. It's Filter Failure. New report says Foxconn employees abused. Foxconn, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical components, is facing a leaked report that states the company abuses its employees.

New report says Foxconn employees abused

The report also says that the company has been responsible for harsh punishment, illegal labor practices and unsafe working conditions for its workers. In May,it was reported that 11 workers had committed suicide and that the last employee had only been working for Foxconn for 42 days. The tense situation ended with Foxconn announcing a 30% pay-raise for its workers. The new report states that the rise was no higher than 9.1% and that workers were missing out on bonuses which they were promised. Killer Marketing: Spirited Vigil Outside Apple Store SF. Posted by Tom Foremski - June 18, 2010 I went to the vigil for dead Foxconn workers outside the Apple store in San Francisco Thursday evening, organized by the Chinese Progressive Association.

Killer Marketing: Spirited Vigil Outside Apple Store SF

Chris Knight from Cohn & Wolfe came with me and snapped some pictures (above and the next one.) There were about 50 people, a lot of high school kids, taking part in the demonstration and handing out leaflets that urged people to email (using an iPad in the store!). The leaflet asked that Apple work with Foxconn to adopt more humane production schedules; to facilitate the formation of a trade union; and improve overall working conditions. The message was to tell Apple "you expect better. " Please see: Revealed: Inside the Chinese suicide sweatshop where workers toi. By Andrew Malone and Richard Jones Updated: 22:14 GMT, 11 June 2010 When Apple boss Steve Jobs unveiled his latest creation this week, the event was given quasi-religious significance.

Revealed: Inside the Chinese suicide sweatshop where workers toi

At a ceremony in San Francisco, more than 5,000 supplicants paid homage to a man hailed by some as a visionary. Tickets to the event cost £1,000 - and guests watched in awe as Jobs, in his trademark black turtleneck jumper and blue jeans (he wears the same outfit seven days a week), held up the new Apple iPhone in front of a giant computer-generated image of himself.

With Apple now the biggest computing company on the planet, the 55-year-old could have been forgiven for looking smug. His latest iPhone, like the models before, is expected to generate billions in sales. Foxconn suicides: Time for fair trade electronics? Would you buy. A Fair Trade notebook?

Foxconn suicides: Time for fair trade electronics? Would you buy

- image by Damien Van Achter The suicides at Foxconn have highlighted the issue of highly stressful working conditions in the global electronics industry. Foxconn has responded with psychologists, punch bags, swimming pools, and asking employees to promise not to kill themselves. But these moves do nothing to change the actual working conditions. Suicide numbers are a big red herring because even if they go down, huge numbers of workers will still suffer from low wages, long hours, and many other tough and unhealthy working conditions. A recent BBC documentary series, "Blood, Sweat and Luxuries" took six young British consumers and placed them exotic locations working in the same jobs as locals, and having to survive on the same wages.

Must read by @tomforemski: Foxconn suicides: Time for. Who will be the first "Fair Trade" tech company? Moving beyond " There's a tremendous opportunity waiting to be grabbed.

Who will be the first "Fair Trade" tech company? Moving beyond "

There's a Wikipedia page waiting to be written. "The first Fair Trade tech company was ... " I'm certain that the Fair Trade concept will be applied to electronics, and it's just a matter of when that will happen. I'm convinced it will happen because it's a good idea. And it's a potentially profitable idea. Let me explain my thinking. Lets not forgot that those bright, sanitized work places, those clean work clothes, and filtered air conditioning, is not for the workers, it's to protect the electronics from the humans.

Search - fair trade electronics... Fair Trade Digital. 46 suicides at France Telecom, 9 at Foxconn - the human cost of. Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer of electronics products for Apple and many others, has reported 9 suicides among its workforce and is fighting allegations of being a sweatshop.

46 suicides at France Telecom, 9 at Foxconn - the human cost of

It's not the only tech company with a suicide problem, France Telecom's is much higher, with 46 suicides, and now a government investigation. Both sets of suicides are blamed on work place stress. The Real Truth Behind Foxconn’s Suicide Cluster » M.I.C Gadget The Foxconn suicide mess is all started from job stress. Apple Providing Subsidies For Foxconn Workers ? » M.I.C Gadget. China faces new problems with cheap labor - Reporting from Beijing — They are the engine behind China's decades-long economic miracle: factory workers earning meager wages to ensure that the nation's exports are sold at unbeatable prices.

China faces new problems with cheap labor -

But a strike at Honda Motor Co. and a rash of worker suicides at one of the world's largest electronic-components plants in recent weeks have highlighted the challenges China will face as it continues to rely on cheap labor. Experts say younger factory workers, having grown up in a time of relative prosperity, will find it increasingly difficult to accept low pay and grueling work hours the way previous generations have. China's rapidly aging population also is expected to boost labor's leverage as the number of working-age Chinese dwindles to about half its current portion of the population by 2030.

Labor shortages already are being reported in many export-driven coastal provinces because of rapid development in China's interior. China factory hit by suicides. 10 people have committed suicide this year at China's Foxconn factoryProducts assembled at factory include iPhones, Dell computers, Sony devicesFoxconn has brought in counselors, launched help line, opened stress roomWages of around $300 a month compare favorably with other factories Shenzhen, China (CNN) -- At first glance, Foxconn's factory complex in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen seems like a heavily secure university campus.

China factory hit by suicides

Young workers move quickly from modern, clean dormitories to huge mess halls and then to their jobs on the assembly lines, making everything from Apple's iPad and iPhone, to Dell computers, and products for Hewlett Packard and Sony. China finding out even cheap labor has limits - World business- SHANGHAI — Global manufacturers struggling with life-or-death pressures to control costs are finding that the legions of low-wage Chinese workers they rely on have limits.

China finding out even cheap labor has limits - World business-

Recent protests and the official response to a spate of suicides at Foxconn Technology, a maker of electronics for industry giants such as Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, suggests China's leaders are at least tacitly allowing workers to talk back. Translate. Fair Trade iPods. What Would a Fair-Labor iPod Cost? - Umair Haque - Harvard Busin. By Umair Haque | 4:52 PM July 30, 2009 Just how much of a Constructive Capitalist is Apple? There’s been a ton of discussion about Apple’s Chinese suppliers, and their relatively poor labour conditions recently — along the lines of, “enjoy your sweatshop produced iPods, evil Americans.” What’s more interesting is the counter-factual: how much would it cost to produce a “Good iPod”? One not produced in a sweatshop, but under decent labour conditions. Like, for example, one produced in the USA — hardly a paragon of labour standards, but a starting point.

That’s what I calculated. The results are surprising. Now, these numbers aren’t exact — they’re estimates I threw together in 20 minutes.