Every year, billions of pounds are spent by public bodies in the UK and Ireland on ICT equipment including phones, laptops, computers and tablets. Workers that made them likely spent excessively long hours working in dangerous factories. Some are at risk of developing cancer from toxic chemical exposure, which also pollutes the environment. Many sweatshop workers experience violence and are at risk of modern slavery.
Electronics Watch is an independent labour monitoring organisation for the electronics industry. Electronics Watch members are public bodies who are coming together to use their collective influence over the industry to improve working conditions in factories across the globe.
When joining, institutions write human and labour rights guarantees into their contracts with suppliers. Electronics Watch conducts monitoring of factories on behalf of its members, reporting back about the conditions and treatment of workers. They then negotiate with global brands, manufacturing companies and factory owners to address any labour rights violations that have been found.
Our money is being spent on these products and we're demanding that this money be used to eradicate rather than perpetuate a system based on the exploitation of workers and inhumane conditions!
You can join the Sweatshop Free campaign today and call on institutions in your local community to join Electronics Watch.