Electronics Industry Supply Chain. Ruth Rosenbaum, TC PhD CREA. Question: Who is Responsible?. In many countries, local and national governments are responsible for the labor laws and the environmental laws under which factories operate and workers work.
Electronics IndustrySupply Chain
Ruth Rosenbaum, TC PhD
In many countries, local and national governments are responsible for the labor laws and the environmental laws under which factories operate and workers work.
BUT in many other countries, governments do not govern to protect their people (the workers and their communities) and the environment.
1. They have the power to effect
2. Shareholders and consumers hold
Ports attached to motherboard
Western Digital Solectron
With separate supply chains for the monitors, keyboards, mice, etc.
What has the Brand Name on it
is the result of the work
of many workers
in many countries.
Many toxic substances are used during the production of electronics components.
These include, but are not limited to:
Brominated flame, retardants, cadmium, mercury, lead, tantalum, epoxy, copper, isopropyl alcohol, hexavalent chromium.
Effects of exposure can include cancer, nervous system problems, brain damage, blood diseases, etc.
Disposal of plastics (non-biodegradability)
Disposal of hazardous wastes
NOTE: This last requires
LOTS OF ATTENTION!
These are not just contract supplier issues but also issues related to
- Human Rights
- Environmental Justice
These are not just questions of which companies are in which tiers but rather getting at the locations in the manufacture/assembly/ supply chain
where we can realistically have influence.