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KnowTheChain: Ranking of 49 ICT companies on efforts to address forced labour in supply chains

KnowTheChain evaluated the 49 largest ICT companies globally on their efforts to address forced labor and human trafficking in their supply chains. The results show that: 

• The vast majority of the companies score poorly, with more than three-quarters scoring less than 50%, and with an average score of 30%...

• Recruitment: No one should have to pay for a job. Yet this is the reality faced by low-income workers in electronics supply chains...Thirty-six of the 49 companies (73%) have a policy prohibiting worker-paid recruitment fees in their supply chains...only 13 companies disclose evidence that fees have been repaid to workers, and no company sets out a comprehensive process to prevent workers being charged such fees in the first place.

• Worker Voice...is the lowest-scoring theme of the benchmark (average 12/100). Every company scored zero on its efforts to ensure supply chain workers are free to organize and collectively bargain for better working conditions...

• Hewlett Packard Enterprise (70/100) tops the benchmark in 2020, closely followed by HP (69/100), Samsung (69/100), Intel (68/100), and Apple (68/100). These five companies all disclose repayment of fees to workers in their supply chains as well as steps to better understand (and thus ultimately prevent) fees from being charged to workers. 

• Companies scoring 10/100 or lower include...Broadcom (10/100)...Infineon Technologies (9/100), and...Hexagon (8/100). The three lowest-scoring companies include Hikvision, and Largan Precision... Xiaomi...is the only company to score zero.

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