Sony

Date Company Accusation City / Area / Country Source Tags Media
03/08/2017
(Sony)
Report accuses electronics companies for: holding a large voting bloc on most U.S. green standards groups; consistently opposing repair and reuse designs for their products; instead approve criteria they can easily achieve and earn green certificates.          United StatesRepair.org, Motherboard.VICEConsumer Deception, Lobbying, Negligence, Pollution
04/09/2014Catcher Technology
(Supplier Of Sony)
Two investigations throughout 2013-2014 find labor violations including: excessive overtime nearly 100 hours/month, hazardous waste poured into a nearby river, unsafe working environment. Catcher workers have "suffered skin and eye irritation, and are at risk for more serious health problems" making tablet computers, smartphones and laptops.Suqian, ChinaChina Labor WatchAbusive Management, Child Labor, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime, Inspection Fraud, Occupational Hazard, Pollution, Union Repression, Unpaid Insurance, Unpaid Overtime
31/12/2013
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01/08/2013
Quanta Computer
(Supplier Of Sony)
Investigation reveals 15 sets of labor violations at electronics factory; more than $1.8 million in monthly unpaid overtime; 12-hour daily shifts, 6-7 days/week; mandatory overtime; hours more than two times in excess of statutory limits.Shanghai, ChinaChina Labor WatchAbusive Management, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime, Occupational Hazard, Unpaid Overtime
29/07/2013
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01/03/2013
AVY Precision Technology Ltd.
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor violations at factory (3,000 employees) manufacturing exterior computer parts: forced labor; ID's withheld for 3-14 days preventing workers from leaving the factory; hiring discrimination over age groups (above 35 years old) and workers with tattoos; discrimination against pregnant women;  insufficient training procedure; 12 hour daily shifts (~136 hours monthly overtime); work 20- 31  days month; unpaid 14 hours of monthly overtime; mandatory overtime; base wage cannot meet basic needs ($240.95); workers rely on overtime; 80% of employees work while standing; factory disposes cutting solution to sewage system; chemical hazard; injuries; dispatch workers don't recieve social insurance; worker harassement and scolding if quota isn't met.Suzhou, Jiangsu, ChinaChina Labor WatchAbusive Management, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Forced Labor, Forced Overtime, Injuries & Diseases, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard, Pollution, Unpaid Insurance, Unpaid Overtime
30/04/2012
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01/01/2012
AVY Precision Technology Ltd.
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor violations at factory (~5,000 workers) producing parts for consumer electronics: age discrimination upon hiring (16 - 35 years old); use of chlid labor (as low as 16); 12 hour daily shifts; workers have one day  off/month during off season; during peak season they have 1 day off every two months (143 - 154 hours monthly overtime); 24 hour shift when workers switch from morning to evening shift; local minimum wage pay; overtime required to cover living costs; overall average wage 3,000 RMB (≈$476); verbally abusive managers; poor air quality and toxic chemical exposure; reported injury burns.Suzhou, Xiangchen, Jiangsu, ChinaChina Labor WatchAbusive Management, Child Labor, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Injuries & Diseases, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard
30/04/2012
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01/01/2012
Catcher Technology
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor concerns at factory (~14,000 workers) manufacturing components for laptops, digital cameras, and mobile devices: age discrimination upon hiring (16 - 30 years old); use of student labor (as low as 16); 12 hour daily shifts; during peak season (April to December), workers get at most two days a month and may not have a single day off for an entire month; verbally abusive management; the simple face masks that the factory provides do not effectively prevent workers from inhaling metal dust; a thick layer of metal particles was evident under workers’ nostrils; safety training to new workers nor do they inform workers of the inherent risks of their occupations; workers need to work overtime to make ends meet; average monthly salary  is approximately 2,900 RMB (≈$460).  Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu, ChinaChina Labor WatchAbusive Management, Child Labor, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard
31/05/2011
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01/03/2011
Hongkai Electronic Technology
(Supplier Of Sony)
11-12 work hours each day, for 30 days each month - monthly overtime exceeding 142 hours - during peak season (September - November). If workers do not work overtime, they won't get a living wage. Malfunctioning machines lead in the past to over 8 major accidents resulting in life-long disabilities. Work pace is fast, no time to use the bathroom. Managers speak harshly and crudely to workers.  Huangjiang, Dongguang, China China Labor WatchAbusive Management, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime, Injuries & Diseases, Inspection Fraud, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard
31/05/2011
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01/05/2011
TE Connectivity
(Supplier Of Sony)
Significantly low wages, and production quotas which if not reached workers must toil additional hours without overtime pay assembling wires.Dongguan, Guangdong, ChinaChina Labor WatchDiscrimination, Forced Overtime, Non-Living Wage, Unpaid Overtime
30/04/2011
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01/04/2011
Catcher Technology
(Supplier Of Sony)
10.5 working hours per day, 7 days/week regardless of peak or off season. Workers are being scolded, if being slow. At times physical abuse is in order. Workers complain of strong toxic odors, when manufacturing mobile phones and cameras.Suzhou, Jiangsu, ChinaChina Labor WatchAbusive Management, Beatings & Violence, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Occupational Hazard
31/03/2011
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01/03/2011
Quanta Computer
(Supplier Of Sony)
~1/3 of factory's workforce is below 18 years of age, 140 hours/month overtime with one or two days of rest every month at peak seasons.Shanghai, ChinaChina Labor WatchChild Labor, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Occupational Hazard
13/01/2011Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
Factory engineer (25 years old) jumped of building last week. Before her death an incident occurred of factory officials rebuking her, and telling her she would lose her job.Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaChina Labor WatchAbusive Management, Deaths, Suicides
31/08/2010
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01/08/2010
BYD Company Ltd.
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor conditions at Baolong electronics factory (over 20.000 workers): 2 worker suicide attempts allegedly due to work stress, 1 dead, 1 survived (in the past 2 years); 10 hour daily work shifts (12 hours overall factory stay); 270 hours each month; 144 hours monthly overtime during busy season (September-December); 14 days non-stop work in busy season; wages less than 1 USD/hour.Baolong, Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaChina Labor WatchDeaths, Excessive Work Hours, Non-Living Wage, Suicides
27/05/2010
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01/01/2010
Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
13 suicides from the beginning of the year have been recorded at digital products factory (~820,000 workers); 10 deaths; 3 failed attempts. Many workers suffer from excessive stress and exhaustion,  caused by military-style rigor, repetitive work and long hours over the legal minimum. Worker wages (900 RMB per month) is deemed insufficient to cover basic living expenses in their home city, and thus workers have no choice but to work massive amounts of overtime.Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaBBC, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, China Labor WatchAbusive Management, Deaths, Excessive Work Hours, Non-Living Wage, Suicides
27/05/2010Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
Employee (25 years of age) attempted to kill himself by cutting his wrists, but survived after medical attention.Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaThe Times, BBC, China Labor WatchDeaths, Suicides
26/05/2010Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
23-year-old factory worker dies by jumping from 7th floor dormitory balcony.Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaBBC, China Labor WatchDeaths, Suicides
25/05/2010Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
Li Hai, a young factory worker (19 years of age) found dead after jumping from dormitory building.Longhua, Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaThe TelegraphDeaths, Suicides
21/05/2010Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
21-year-old employee at electronics manufacturer jumped from building to his death.Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaFinancial TimesDeaths, Suicides
14/05/2010Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
21-year-old Foxconn employee jumps from 7th floor dormitory building to his death.Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaGlobal TimesDeaths, Suicides
01/07/2009
(Suppliers Of Sony)
Report reveals that suppliers of computer components in the Philippines violated labour laws and codes of conduct of computer brands.PhilippinesSOMOAbusive Management, Beatings & Violence, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard
30/06/2009
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01/04/2009
Huasheng Packaging Factory
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor violations in factory (1400-1500 workers) producing packaging products: 11 -11.5 hour shifts in busy seasons, 7 days/week (77 hours/week overall); extremely low wages ($0.51/hour), that is 60% of the minimum wage; inhaling large amounts of paper particles and other debris; elaborate audit cheating system.Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaChina Labor WatchExcessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime, Inspection Fraud, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard, Unpaid Insurance, Unpaid Overtime
24/09/2008
(Suppliers Of Sony)
Report reveals severe violations of workers’ rights in Asian (China, Philippines) mobile phone factories.China and PhilippinesSOMOAbusive Management, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard, Union Repression
28/08/2008Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor violations in factory manufacturing disks and electronics; low wages 750 (RMB); overtime is necessary to make ends meet; ten hours daily shifts for college interns; 11-12 hour shifts for regular workers; regular workers have one rest day every two weeks; when in need, production allows only one day off/month.Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaChina Labor WatchExcessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime, Non-Living Wage
13/06/2008
(Sony)
Study shows mobile phone companies use cobalt from DR Congo, running the risk of supporting illegal export and unfair mining practices, which often involves severe human rights abuses.DR CongoDanWatchChild Labor, Forced Labor, Negligence, Occupational Hazard
31/07/2007
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01/06/2006

(Sony)
Outsourcing and labour rights violations, constant work instability, unsafe practices, exposure to toxic materials and work related illnesses, and sexual harassment revealed by yearly report on labour conditions in Mexico.MexicoCEREALAbusive Management, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Injuries & Diseases, Occupational Hazard, Sexual Harassment
18/06/2007Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
19-year-old Foxconn employee hangs himself in company bathroom.ChinaProject GutenbergDeaths, Suicides
01/02/2007Fujitsu
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor violations at factory (about 4,000 employees)producing hard disk drives: wage discrimination against contract workers; discrimination over pregnant women; workers feel forced to earn overtime income to cover basic needs; 10-12 hour daily shifts, 6-7 days/week; compulsury overtime.Navanakorn Industrial Estate, ThailandSOMODiscrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime, Non-Living Wage, Union Repression
01/02/2007CKL Electronics Co. Ltd.
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor concerns at electronics factory (850 workers): wages not enough to cover living expenditures; compuslory overtime between January-June; work over 60 hours/week; sometimes during peak season workers do two shifts (24 hours a day in total); exposure to hazardous chamicals with insufficient safety equipment; coughing and irritated skin; at least two cases have been found of workers having poisonous chemicals in their blood; frequent factory fires with insufficient fire protection.ThailandSOMOExcessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime, Injuries & Diseases, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard
01/02/2007Western Digital
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor violations at HDD factory (8,000 employees): wage discrimination over agency workers; discrimination over pregnant women; workers state wages are not enogh to cover living costs; 12 hour daily shifts; 7 days/week during peak season (10 months/year); compulsury overtime; industrial hygiene concerns.Navanakorn Industrial Estate, ThailandSOMODiscrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard
01/02/2007LTEC Company
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor concerns at factory (over 6,000 workers) producing electronic components: wages not enought ot cover living expenditures; work 12 hours/day (including 4 hour compulsory overtime); 6 days/week; discrimination on Hepatitis B workers.  ThailandSOMODiscrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Forced Overtime
01/02/2007Astec Power Phil. Inc.
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor concerns at factory (4,000 employees) manufacturing HDD materials: 4 hours daily overtime; 12 daily shifts, 6 days/week; 7 days/week during peak season (72-84 hours/week); compulsury overtime; wages insufficient to cover living costs; discrimination over contract workers; frequent small accidents.Cavite, PhilippinesSOMODiscrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Injuries & Diseases, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard
01/02/2007Delta Electronics (Thailand) Public Company Limited
(Supplier Of Sony)
Labor concerns at factory (about 12,000 employees) manufacturing electronic components: contract workers discriminated vis-à-vis regular workers; wages not sufficient to cover living expenditures; LCD workers solder lead and inhale the smoke; accident reported in 2001 were 6 people died after building collapse.ThailandSOMODeaths, Discrimination, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard
30/11/2006
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01/11/2006

(Suppliers Of Sony)
An investigation of 13 Shenzhen electronics factories producing components for many well-known brand names found widespread labour abuses.Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaBusiness & Human Rights Resource CenterChild Labor, Discrimination, Excessive Work Hours, Non-Living Wage, Occupational Hazard, Unpaid Overtime
01/12/2005Foxconn Technology Group
(Supplier Of Sony)
Low wages and long work hours in Chinese company supplying
motherboards, enclosures, coolers, etc; workers complain over not having a single day off for months; most worker wages are insufficient to cover living expenses.
Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaSOMOExcessive Work Hours, Non-Living Wage
23/05/2005
(Sony)
Greenpeace accuses major electronics companies for using unrecyclable and toxic materials in their products causing pollution and health hazards in poor Asian countries where electronics are discarded.  India and ChinaGreenpeace, (2)Negligence, Pollution