Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Dec 2008 17:15 UTC, submitted by Michael
In the News In a muckraking Spiegel.de article, suppliers to well-known computer manufacturers are accused of mistreating workers and violating Chinese labor law: "According to a Hong-Kong based human rights organization, working hours total up to 370 hours per month, workers aren't receiving the legal minimum wage and in the run-up to Christmas, days off are cut out entirely." One of the reasons that high tech hardware has become so widespread and useful is because it's so inexpensive. As this article demonstrates, this affordability can come at a price.
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fair trade
by jonas.kirilla on Thu 18th Dec 2008 08:40 UTC
jonas.kirilla
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2005-07-11

I think we need something akin to Fair Trade labelling:
http://www.fairtrade.net/generic_standards.html

Of course electronics are more complex products than e.g. coffee, in terms of steps from natural resources to finished goods, in level of investment, in how many people and commercial entities are involved, etc, but surely it would be possible for these giant corps to create a fair trade framework.

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