Suggestions for suggestion boxes.

Suggestion box

I read recently an audit report of a Chinese factory. It said: “The suggestion box is available as per requirements. It is not much used because of limitation due to Chinese are not mature enough to use suggestion box on topics related to work and working conditions only, but use …

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Deluding pictures

Two different production units

These two pictures have been taken in May 2010, few hundred kilometers one from the other. In the two cases, it is about industrial production of several thousands pieces. In the first one, the workers are in a well lit and ventilated. They sit on chairs and work on a …

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With a dormitory or not?

Dormitories and shantytown

We have often talked on the limitation of a monolithic approach in the management of suppliers’ social level. This kind of approach is however still widely used, as it seems so attractively simple: we have defined criteria and our suppliers have to comply. Even without pointing out the impossibility to …

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Missing workers.

Tiger paper cut

As usual after Chinese New year restarting in factories is a little difficult. Most of factories hire mainly migrant workers (Mingong) for low added value job. These workers are mainly coming from inner rural provinces of china. They commute each year to the eastern province more industrialized where they would …

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Safety in factories.

Warning sign

As photographs are usually more informative than long texts,  we decided to release a few related to safety in factories. Similar to the previous time, we included comments with the pictures to point out risks or good practices. The recent fire in the Garig&Garig factory in Bangladesh is an unfortunate …

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A good new labor year.


Every month we write on working conditions in factories. Unfortunately, not always for the best. We have decided to wish you a happy new year 2010 by going back to the fondemental: the people and their work. Thus here it is, Chinese workers pictures! Peace, concentration and pride of the …

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How can context fool an audit report?

Automated Knitting unit

We always try to incorporate the big picture in our audits and outline such in our newsletters. The reason is clear enough. Putting all pieces of information into context ensures the accuracy in the interpretation of results. Let’s take an example with a typical factory that subcontracts a significant portion …

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Fainted workers, ISO26000 our comments.

A worker with Chemicals

Our monthly newsletters usually provide analyzes of typical social impact phenomena first before taking a step back to propose a more holistic perspective, making such newsletters more useful in contributing to the factory management of social level in developing countries. But, as we also follow the news, we felt it …

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