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.

Fireworks

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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An audit is not a game.

Individual dishes in front of a canteen

Our summer posting disclosed pictures along with comments revealing why our auditors had taken them, highlighting the importance of taking a wide-angle lens approach in not overlooking any detail in an audit. WethicA’s auditors also encountered poor auditing practices previously implemented by other companies and auditing agencies. To address this …

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About the roots of working conditions.

Workers in Bangladesh

Economic success of China and Korea previously inspired many governments in developing countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh… The understanding of the implemented policy and of their roots help us to better understand the only partial success of social accountability approaches in those countries. Working conditions are definitely still harsh in …

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