Report on Workers' Grievances in Electronics Manufacturing

Electronics Watch affiliates (all LUPC full members) can now access the report on Workers' Grievances in Electronics Manufacturing in China: A Study of Dell’s and HP’s Supply Chains. London Universities Purchasing Consortium contributed to this study along with Stockholm County Council, Advanced Procurement for Universities & Colleges, and Hanzehogeschool.

The study seeks to understand electronics workers' grievances in China through the lens of their social media posts, collected with the Social@risk™ tool developed by Globalworks.

The quantitative sample consists of 1.3 million posts from January 2014 to April 2018. The qualitative analysis sample includes 600,000 posts from January 2016 to April 2018. All posts are related to 38 final assembly and original design manufacturers (ODM) suppliers to Dell and HP. The study highlights workers' grievances related to forced labour, student labour, excessive working hours, and health and safety among other areas. The report identifies priority issues for workers that need particular attention or new approaches.

Electronic Watch affiliates can register for the webinar; Documenting Grievances through Workers’ Social Media Posts – The Case of Electronics Manufacturing in China, to learn more about the methodology and report findings.The seminar takes place on 11th November 2019 2-3pm.