China Labor Round Up — Lassoing Them There Workers to the Line!

Throughout August, we published a series of posts looking at labor practices across a range of factories in China that primarily serve the high-tech manufacturing industry. The on-the-ground reports and look into how employers treat labor came courtesy of China Labor Watch. If you missed the series, I strongly encourage you to check it out the posts here:

Part 1 -- Summary of China Labor Watch report Tragedies of Globalization: The Truth Behind Electronics Sweatshops No Contracts, Excessive Overtime and Discrimination: A Report on Abuses in Ten Multinational Electronics Factories.

Part 2 -- Supplier analyzed: Quanta Computer, Inc., (Shanghai Quanta) -- Customers include: Dell, Lenovo, HP, Toshiba, Samsung and Sony

Part 3 -- Supplier analyzed: Catcher Technology -- Customers include: Dell, Apple, Motorola, Nokia, ASUS, Acer, IBM and Sony

Part 4 -- Supplier analyzed: Hongkai Electronic -- Customers include: Apple, HP, and IBM

Part 5 -- Supplier analyzed: United Win Technology -- Customers include: Apple

Part 6 -- Supplier analyzed: Foxconn -- Customers include: Apple

Part 7 -- Supplier analyzed: MSI -- Customers include: HP, NEC, Dell

Part 8 -- Conclusion: As we conclude our coverage of the somewhat amateurishly presented China Labor Watch report that profiles working conditions in large Chinese production facilities, it's worth noting that the methodology and primary research model used in the report is more than sound -- and comprehensive.

Here at Spend Matters, we continue to believe that not enough attention is paid to supplier labor practices in China and other emerging markets. All too often, we sweep such items under the rug in both our own procurement departments as well as in the consumer shopping aisles, just as we treat China-sourced consumer appliances as disposable versus items that can be fixed after breaking. Yet labor practices should be at the core of all CSR and supplier management programs.

You can be sure that as we launch into Q4 and 2012 that we'll continue to take a look at supplier labor practices and codes of conduct. We're particularly keen to try to understand more about labor practices in basic industries supporting industrial manufacturing and retail. We also plan to tie how companies can leverage supplier management platforms to take a more active auditing and management stance of both tier one and lower tier suppliers in these markets.

If there are any particular areas that you'd like to see us explore in more detail that I've not mentioned, don't hesitate to drop us a line.

Jason Busch

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