Trillium Asset Management Corporation (Trillium) is leading a group of 40 international investors in issuing a public statement condemning abusive workplace conditions in the global electronics supply chain. The lead group of investors, including Trillium, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC, As You Sow and Domini Social Investments LLC, are sending a strong message to the electronics manufacturers in their portfolios urging stricter supply chain compliance.
The statement, which follows many years of work on human rights in supply chains, was prompted by the recent suicides at the Foxconn Technology Group factories in China which manufacture consumer electronics for global companies including Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Nokia, and Sony. So far this year, 10 factory workers have taken their lives, and another 13 have reportedly been stopped while trying to commit suicide. While it is unclear what caused specific individual workers at Foxconn to commit suicide, it is clear that these supply chain factories can be stressful and abusive workplaces.
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