Labor violations at factory producing exterior components for computers: hiring discrimination over gender and age (below 35 years old); inadequate training; work 7 days/week during peak season (126 hours of monthly overtime); 14 hour monthly unpaid overtime; 12 hour daily shifts; more if daily quota isn’t met; coerced overtime; work while standing for some workers; inadequate fire protection; 40 confirmed student workers (16 – 18 years old); base salary inadequate to cover basic needs ($233 month) ($1.34 per hour); workers dependent on overtime; workers trained by management during audit visits; wastewater poured into the sewage system.
Companies accused of misrepresenting energy efficiency of large-screen sets. TV’s performed far better during short government tests than they did the rest of the time. Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) and America’s Department of Energy (DoE) have conducted efficiency tests of their own that have turned up big inconsistencies.
Local government suspends company’s mining operations following protest.
Tibetans protest over environmental damage caused by mining company: leaked chemicals; pollution of Lichu river; dead fish from poisoned water; dead cows.
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.
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.
King of Ogale community in the oil-rich Niger delta, representing 40,000 Nigerians, sues Shell in London court alleging decades of oil spills have polluted land, water and destroyed the livelihoods of his people.
Drilling rig ‘Deepwater Horizon’ on lease to BP explodes and catches fire – 11 killed, 17 injured; 4.9 million oil barrels leaked; local wildlife, fishing and tourism immensely damaged; potential health hazards for clean-up workers and coastal residents; multiple lawsuits for companies involved; BP pleaded guilty to criminal charges; reparations and damages – over £20 billion.
Child labor, as well cases of excessive working-hours, hazardous waste and emissions, dangerous occupational environments, discrimination, and bonded labor found in audit of factories in 14 different countries initiated by Apple on its own supply chain.
Chinese conglomerate supplying leading brands discharged hormone-disrupting chemicals and other toxins into the country’s major water systems, according to Greenpeace.