China labour law reform
China's proposed labour law reform
- concerns about US & European industry association lobbying
- company responses & non-responses
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited several US & European companies to respond to concerns about the positions taken by industry assocations regarding China's proposed labour law reform. In particular, we sought responses to the following items:
- "China Drafts Law to Empower Unions and End Labor Abuse", David Barboza, New York Times, 13 Oct 2006
- “Behind the Great Wall of China – U.S. Corporations Opposing New Rights for Chinese Workers”, Global Labor Strategies, Oct 2006
- “Multinationals Accused of Hypocrisy over China Labour Law Reform”, Intl. Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF), 26 Oct 2006
The three industry associations highlighted in the report are: European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and US-China Business Council. Click here for further reports about this issue & the full text of some of the industry association submissions to the Chinese Govt.
Links to a follow-up report by Global Labor Standards, including analysis of the company responses, are below.
ABB declined to respond
AT&T declined to respond
Carrefour declined to respond
DuPont declined to respond
Maersk declined to comment on the draft law specifically but referred to Maersk's Fundamental Business Principles [PDF], saying that they would apply in this case.
Microsoft stated it had no comment at this time
Sara Lee stated that it is no longer a member of the US-China Business Council
Total declined to respond
UPS declined to respond
Wal-Mart declined to respond
Follow-up report by Global Labor Strategies
"Undue Influence: Corporations Gain Ground in Battle over China's New Labor Law" - Mar 2007
- Executive summary on Global Labor Strategies blog, 27 Mar 2007
- Full report [PDF]
- Appendices [PDF] include:
- analysis of company responses to concerns about lobbying positions
- exchange between Global Labor Strategies & US-China Business Council
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Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited several US & European companies to respond to concerns about the positions taken by industry associations regarding China's proposed labour law reform....
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- Schwerpunkte: Apparel & textile China China labour law reform Corporate lobbying allegedly undermining union rights
- Betreffende Unternehmen: ABB AT&T Carrefour DuPont Ericsson General Electric (GE) Google (part of Alphabet) Intel Maersk (part of A.P. Moller - Maersk) Microsoft Nike Nokia Procter & Gamble PSA Peugeot-Citroën Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) Sara Lee Tesco Total UPS Walmart Walt Disney