Response by US-China Business Council to Global Labor Strategies report that raised concerns about its opposition to aspects of China's labour law reform - & Global Labor Strategies response

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28 March 2007

China's proposed labour law reform: concerns about US & European industry association lobbying; company responses & non-responses

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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.
[As of 27 Mar 2007:
- The following companies provided responses (accessible via this page): Ericsson, General Electric, Google, Intel, Nike, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Shell, Tesco, Walt Disney
- ABB has said it will provide a response but has not yet done so
- Microsoft has said it does not wish to respond at this time
- The following companies declined to respond: AT&T, Carrefour, DuPont, Maersk, Total, UPS, Wal-Mart
- Sara Lee stated that it is no longer a member of the US-China Business Council]

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26 February 2007

Chinese Labor Rights Debated

Author: Tim Costello, Brendan Smith, Jeremy Brecher, Catherine Gelb, Global Movement Strategies

A recent report by Global Labor Strategies asserts that U.S.-based global corporations—including Wal-Mart, Google, UPS, Microsoft, Nike, AT&T, and Intel—have been acting through U.S. business organizations, including the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and the U.S.-China Business Council, to oppose legislation that would grant new rights to Chinese workers...Japan Focus presents the commentary [by the report authors in Foreign Policy in Focus], the response from the U.S.-China Business Council spokesperson, and the authors' follow-up.

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26 February 2007

[PDF] Labor Issues and Corporate Responsibility in China

Author: US-China Business Council

Labor conditions in China have been the subject of recent press articles and political discussion. The enclosed articles, taken from past issues of the USCBC’s flagship publication, the China Business Review, help to place these issues in context. The articles address aspects of labor conditions in China and US business efforts to ensure appropriate labor and related conditions in Chinese production facilities. USCBC welcomes comments on these subjects and others of current interest in US-China relations. [refers to Nike, Adidas-Salomon, Reebok, Sears, Gap]

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