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A vist to the Li Tong Group

The International Industrial Centre houses the Hong Kong office of the Li Tong Group, Apple’s official recycler for the region. We paid Li Tong a vist to find out about their involvement with Apple. Unfortunately the staff were reluctant to talk to us and seemed in a rush to close the door on us We have … Continue reading

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1. New product has come, but on where should the spotlight be? 2. A brief review of SACOM’s seminar on Foxconn’s Incidents 3. Book review: The Serial Jumps behind Foxconn’s Success 4. External Structural Cause of Foxconn Tragedy 5. Foxconn Labour Exploitation Deadlock 6. Apple’s social responsibility? 7. NGOs’ claims against Apple’s labour issue 8. … Continue reading

Child Labour Issues on Apple’s Chinese Suppliers

In Apple’s Supplier Responsibility Report 2011, Apple discovered that 91 children under the age of 16 working illegally at 10 Chinese factories making Apple products. Also, Apple also finally admits its supplier was responsible for this. International Standards The main international and legal instruments related to child labour are the Conventions of the International Labour … Continue reading

The Environmental Cost of E-Waste : Killing Our Planet Slowly

The United Nations Environment Programme points out rightly in its report on e-waste (UNEP:2009) that  China does not have the proper technology and skills to take part in proper e-waste recycling. Instead, it is “dominated by the informal sector. Low technologies are applied by low skilled workers, resulting in high health and environmental risk, including … Continue reading

The Theory of Corporate Social responsibility and the Challenges it faced under Globalization

‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR) refers to a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model, which usually involves active compliance with the law, ethical standards, and international norms. This theory aims to achieve positive impacts on the environment, consumers, employees, and the communities. Under the force of globalization, this theory has been challenged by … Continue reading

The Human Cost of E-Waste: Is that new phone really worth the damage?

Elizabeth Grossman starts her book High Tech Trash: The First Global Investigation of Technology’s Toxic Underside by quoting Lyndon B.Johnson : “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than with sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as God really made … Continue reading

Perhaps a new App is not the answer…

By Rhona Murray Hi Steve, I’d planned to buy a new iPhone tomorrow – my first upgrade since buying the very first version on the first day of its release – but I’m hesitant without knowing Apple’s position on sourcing the minerals in its products. Are you currently making any effort to source conflict-free minerals? … Continue reading

Certification: A Core Issue

By Rhona Murray The mineral journey between mine and mobile phone may be traceable in succinct steps but can include up to fifteen companies along the way. Implementing a certification mechanism, as was attempted by the Kimberly Process for diamonds, requires high levels of collaboration between companies, industries, regional governments, international partner governments, civil society, … Continue reading

The Law and Conflict Minerals: The precedent

By Funmi Ogunlusi The precedent for regulations of some sort guiding the extraction and sale of so-called “conflict minerals” can be seen to be the Kimberly Process. Fully known as the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), this is an international agreement enacted by the UN General Assembly in 2003. It’s purpose was to tackle the … Continue reading

The Law and Conflict Minerals: Today

By Funmi Ogunlusi Having discussed the background against which the regulation of conflict minerals can be set, this article will now look at the situation as it is today. Recent laws enacted to this effect include the US Financial Reform Act and the UK Bribery Act. These pieces of legislation were put forward by their … Continue reading