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Article

26 Jul 2010

Author:
Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (China), and the Asia Water Project

Cleaning up the IT industry’s supply chain in China: Ma Jun, water expert and environmental advocate

In April...35 Chinese NGOs...initiated a dialogue with 27 of the world’s leading electronics companies. The NGOs were concerned that these companies’ supply chains were contributing to the dumping of heavy metals in China’s water bodies...In June, the NGOs released a report detailing the responses the NGOs received from the companies. A month later...some of the previously reticent companies began to engage the Chinese NGOs...Of particular interest has been the Chinese government’s unspoken but clear support for the campaign...Ma Jun talks to AWP about the roots of this campaign, how it has gained ground and the next steps...[refers to Samsung, HP, Panasonic, Intel, Nokia, British Telecom, Motorola, Vodafone, IBM]