Saturday, April 13, 2013

Labor Abuses by Walmart, Disney, Nike, Liz Claiborne, Apple (Foxconn), Hon Hai, and other Corporate Sweatshops

Walmart, Disney, Nike, Liz Claiborne, Doall, Dae Ching, Gildan, Apple's Hon Hai/ Foxconn and other Corporate Sweatshops and slave labor shops-

14-20 hour days, 7 days a week, 2 days off a month in most sweatshops to clothe the European Union and the United States and Canada. Cheated out of their overtime pay, beaten and threatened daily. 

What should be done about companies that support slave and child labor? They should be forced out of business by seizing their financial and corporate assets! What do you think? 

 If you shop at Walmart, Disney, Liz Claiborne, Nike, or other corporations, are you supporting SLAVE LABOR?

How can you help? Get a list of these companies from the National Labor Committee 

From Hon Hai's/ Foxconn website- How are they doing?

What is SER?
          Corporate social & environmental responsibility (CSER or SER) is about how businesses align their values and practices with the expectations and needs of various stakeholders - not just customers and investors, but also employees, suppliers, communities, special interest groups, and society as a whole.

Historical Development of SER

  •            1950s - 1980s  Profit first
  •            1980s - 1990s  Concern for the environment
  •            1990s - now   Rise of the social responsibility movement
          In the early 1990s, U.S. labor and human rights organizations launched the "anti-sweatshop movement" for the apparel and
footwear industries. Under pressure from NGOs (labor and human rights organizations) and customers, many famous brands
established their own codes of conduct (such as "code of production movement," "corporate code movement," and "factory code movement") to fulfill their social responsibility.

      The Ten Principles

     Human Rights
      Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights;
      Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.  

      Principle3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
      Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
      Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour;
      Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. 

      Principle7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
      Principle 8:  undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility;
      Principle9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.   

        Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery. 

From Hon Hai's own website:

"By defining herself as a service company rather than a manufacturing concern, Hon Hai / Foxconn defines company products as Speed, Quality, Engineering Services, Flexibility and Monetary Cost Saving. Foxconnians devote to customer's long term success and pride in our hardworking culture." 

Major Customers of Hon Hai Precision Technology/ Foxconn
(country of headquarters in parentheses)
Apple has stated that it contracts with Chinese original equipment manufacturers such as Foxconn because they have easy access to the Chinese supply chain within a well developed industrial cluster (aka slave labor camps).

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