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18 February 2008

Toys 'R' Us, Mattel to Phase Out Nickel-Cadmium Batteries

Author: Jane Spencer, Wall Street Journal

Two of the largest U.S. toy companies, Toys "R" Us Inc. and Mattel Inc., said they will phase out nickel-cadmium batteries, a technology associated with widespread environmental contamination and health problems in China. The move comes as toy makers...

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15 January 2008

Toxic Factories Take Toll On China's Labor Force

Author: Jane Spencer & Juliet Ye, Wall Street Journal

In southern China, Wang Fengping worked for years in plants that produced cadmium batteries for the likes of Mattel Inc., Toys "R" Us Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Like hundreds of her colleagues, Ms. Wang regularly inhaled the toxic red cadmium dust...

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1 March 2007

China Labor Watch: "The Long March" - Survey of workplace injuries based on 260 interviews with migrant workers in Shenzhen & analysis of compensation claims

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1 March 2007

[PDF] full report: "The Long March - Survey and Case Studies of Work Injuries in the Pearl River Delta Region"

Author: China Labor Watch

In the Peal River Delta region (where manufacturing cities like Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Zhongshan and Zhuhai are located), about 40,000 fingers are severed due to industrial accidents a year. However, the work injury complaint filing, deciding...

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6 November 2006

Cadmium battery workers compensation trial begins [China]

Author: China Labour Bulletin

A total of 146 workers from two Hong Kong-invested battery factories in Huizhou who were found with excessive cadmium in their body had their case heard in court on 3 November...[They] previously worked at Huizhou Xianjin battery factory and Huizhou...

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1 October 2006

[PDF] PC Global Newsletter

Author: World Economy, Ecology & Development [Germany]

PC global is a project about the integration of developing countries in the global value chain of computer production. We provide information about working conditions and ecological effects of production and about e-waste. Our objective is to create...

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1 February 2006

Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) & IFC report highlights key themes by sector for analysis of Asian companies' environmental, social & governance performance

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31 January 2006

Taking Stock: Adding Sustainability Variables to Asian Sectoral Analysis

Author: Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA)

The Taking Stock report focuses on identifying the key investment themes which investors should be evaluating in order to analyze environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues relevant to the largest and highest impact sectors in Asia...banks,...

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7 April 2005

Behind the Cadmium Poisoning of Guangdong Laborers

Author: Gu Qinger, Epoch Times

[At] Huizhou Super Golden Peak [part of Gold Peak Industries]...[a] cadmium poisoning incident in May and June last year had tremendous impact locally...another factory, Xianjin Battery Factory, also owned by [Gold Peak], found more than 300 workers...

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26 July 2004

China/Hong Kong: Protest over 'poisoning' of battery workers

Author: Excerpt from: "Protest over 'poisoning' of battery workers," Felix Lo, South China Morning Post, in Asian Labour News

[China] Representatives from 33 organisations...joined forces to press Gold Peak Industries - the owner of GP Batteries -to pay medical fees and other compensation to workers allegedly poisoned by cadmium at two factories.

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