Sustainability in Time of Crisis

An empty workshop

The economic crisis of late last year shocked the world leaving no industry or country unscathed in its ripple effect. As a key actor on the responsible actions*, we obviously fretted about the consequences and waited for the worst to be over to state an opinion. Accurately, it was too …

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Techno-goods and working conditions.

Working on electronic goods

One NGO, cited in the media, recently released the results of a study on the working conditions in a keyboard factory producing for all the major computers brands (see article: http://www.nlcnet.org/article.php?id=613#bw). The issues are not surprising: over 80 working hours a week, wages below the legal minimum, workers exploited under …

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The audit impact.

Computer assisted cutting

The real impact on labour conditions from conducting social audits in factories is key to the nature of our work. Even if the audit is to only gather information and not to act on improving factory practices, the audit request from a buyer itself should not be ignored. It still has an …

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Unemployment in China.

toys production

Numerous international media outlets have been reporting on the significant rise of unemployment in China, especially the mingong- migrant workers- find themselves after the Chinese New Year holidays laid off and without any job prospects . This makes it seem the unemployment surge was tied to the timing of the …

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Reasons for hope in 2009.

This time of year is typically when greetings are sent out with wishes for a new and better year. Along with our heartfelt wishes, we at WethicA are sending along solid and positive news of hope in our CSR outlook for 2009. Happy new year! Why you may ask are …

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The Evil for the Good?

Some countries are infamous for their child labor issues. India and Bangladesh are unsurprisingly on this list along with countries such as Pakistan and Turkmenistan. In these countries, first in India and just a few months ago in Bangladesh, factories are starting to get involved to prohibit child labor. It …

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What constituents a responsible purchase?

Most of our customers are western buying companies wanting to improve labor conditions in their supply chain worldwide. Most purchase from other countries besides China extending our work with our clients to countries of some of the following: India, Bangladesh, Mexico, Turkey, Morroco, Romania, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia. Different country conditions …

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Half-truth.

During the past month, we have broken our yearly “record” about weekly working hours in a factory. We have found workers have worked 106 hours in a single week. That means more than 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if not all weeks were that long, most …

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The Ethical dilemma with Confidentiality.

One of WethicA’s core services is conducting social audits on behalf of our clients. Respecting our client relationships require strict confidentiality on our part regarding audit results. Results are only disclosed to clients and are only sent out at their request. Our auditors go on-site to inspect labor conditions and …

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