Since our founding in 2005, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) has been concerned about the labour conditions of Disney’s supplier factories in China. Our [...]
“We Want Non-Sweat, Non-Toxic, Non-Monopolistic, Clean Computers!” —–We Urge All Tertiary Educational Institutions to Bear Their Social Responsibilities
The computer industry has been growing tremendously in the past twenty years. Computers have become an intrinsic part of everyday life and the ability to use the computer is now a requirement for tertiary education. The electronics industry is a high-tech, high-skill professional field. In 2005, the top three computer brands in the world – Dell, HP and IBM – garnered a total of US$200 billions in sales. However, their astronomical profits are based on the exploitation of workers and the environment in the developing countries. Computer brand names maximize their profit margins through retaining the high value-adding parts of their business and outsourcing the lower-end production to developing countries. Factories in the developing countries compete to [...]
“Those with Justice” (11 minutes) focuses on the working conditions of migrant workers in the Hung Hing Company, a factory that print books for Disney. Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), with Los Angeles-based Sweatshop Watch, listen to migrant workers’ stories and produce this video.
The video was used in a campaign led by SACOM, with New York-based National Labor Committee in August 2005, when Hong Kong Disneyland was opening. The labor campaign and video garnered international as well as local press and eventually led to wage increase at the [...]
—–In Support Empowerment of Chinese Workers in Factories Supplying Disney
SACOM have released a report on 18th August 2005 named “Looking for Mickey Mouse’s Conscience – A survey of the working conditions of Disney supplier factories in China” to disclose that there are violations of labor rights regarding wages, work time and health and safety of workers in factories in China that are producing Disney’s products. Though Disney has declared that they will monitor the factories according to their own code of conduct for manufacturers, we have found that factories produce fake records of wage and work time, and they train workers to give ‘proper’ answers to Disney’s auditors.
In the past two decades, the computer industry has swiftly developed as computer products have become integral to everyday life. While espousing images of progressive technology and professionalism, large brands have simultaneously neglected the exploitation of workers behind their production processes in developing countries.
Behind the Supply Chain
Since the 1990’s, computer brands have increasingly outsourced their production processes to contract manufacturers in developing countries in order to cut [...]