China: NGOs criticise Excelsior Electronics and buyer Fujitsu Siemens for weak responses to report of factory labour abuses

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Article
28 April 2009

[DOC] Excelsior Electronics response re: SACOM-WEED report

Author: Excelsior Electronics

Excelsior denies the allegation [that it "failed to provide the concerned public with any evidence that could show the report to be mistaken.”]...Excelsior observes local wage minimum and rules on overtime payment...Excelsior is certified to OHSAS18001. It provides health and safety knowledge to the employees...[and] strengthened enforcement of the health and safety procedures since early 2009...

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Company response
21 April 2009

Response by Excelsior (part of PC Partner): NGOs say Excelsior Electronics and buyer Fujitsu Siemens provided weak responses to report of factory labour abuses.

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Article
21 April 2009

[DOC] Fujitsu response re: SACOM-WEED report alleging rights violations at Excelsior Electronics [part of PC Partner] factory

Author: Fujitsu Technology Solutions

…Fujitsu...has always taken its responsibility for society and individuals’ well-being very seriously…That is why Fujitsu …has always supported the work of SACOM and similar organizations with the sincere effort to improve human labor conditions…we discussed this report with our contractual partner PC Partner and its supplier Excelsior Electronics and made unmistakably clear that we will suspend cooperation with suppliers that do not fully meet the requirements above… we…invited SACOM to meet up for a joint on-site inspection on April 2, 2009…SACOM…cancelled the meeting on short notice. Instead, SACOM issued a press release on April 1, 2009, which, frankly speaking, took us by surprise...

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Article
1 April 2009

Fujitsu Siemens Computers does not take responsibility for labor rights violations in their supply chain in China

Author: SACOM (Hong Kong) and WEED (Germany)

... following the release of "The Dark Side of Cyberspace Report" in December 2008…On March 24, 2009, top-level management from Compeq, Compal Electronics, Dell and SACOM met…SACOM was impressed by these stakeholders’ strong commitment to continuously improving labor and environmental standards…In contrast…PC Partner and Excelsior Electronics (Dongguan) has refused to share information about their workplace conditions…Worse yet, Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC)…positions itself as merely “an observer” in this serious case of worker exploitation…

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Company response
21 March 2009

Response by Fujitsu Technology Solutions (part of Fujitsu): NGOs say Excelsior Electronics and buyer Fujitsu Siemens provided weak responses to report of factory labour abuses.

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Article
16 December 2008

Human Rights Group Condemns Computer Manufacturers [China]

Author: Hannes Koch, Der Speigel [Germany]

… Sacom…interviewed workers…at two computer parts suppliers in…Guandong. According to Sacom and…Weed, the results are alarming. "Working hours total up to 370 hours per month," Sacom researcher Jenny Chan said…Excelsior Electronics [part of PC Partner] in Dongguan, produces…parts for computers sold by, among others, Europe's Fujitsu Siemens…the long working hours violate Chinese law…Thomas Zott, who is in charge of corporate social responsibility at Fujitsu Siemens in Augsburg, Germany confirmed that Excelsior Electronics is a supplier for the firm. He said he "welcomes" research by human rights activists in China. PC Partner, Excelsior's Hong Kong-based parent company, was asked for a written comment in the preceding weeks. But the company still hasn't provided one…[refers also to Compeq, Dell, Sony, Intel]

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Article
1 December 2008

[PDF] "Dark Side of Cyberspace: Inside the Sweatshops of China's Computer Hardware Production"

Author: SACOM (Hong Kong) and WEED (Germany)

...The study is based on 45 interviews conducted with employees of two suppliers of well-known computer companies. It paints an alarming picture of the working conditions in this industry.In the cases of...Compeq Technology (supplier of Dell, Lenovo, a.o.) and Excelsior Electronics [part of PC Partner] (supplier of Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a.o.) there are massive violations of the national labour law, the Conventions of the International Labour Organisation, and the brand companies’ own codes of conduct. “The workers are under great stress. This is not only owed to overtime work, but also to the strict factory regime...” says Charles Ho from SACOM…[refers also to AMD, Apple, Intel, Motorola, Nokia, Sony]

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