Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Make ICT Fair project

The University is collaborating with ten partners across Europe on an EU-funded project entitled ‘Make ICT Fair – Reforming Manufacture and Minerals Supply Chains through Policy, Finance and Public Procurement’ from November 2017 to October 2020.

Project aim

Make ICT Fair project partners at a project kick-off meeting in Vienna, November 2017. Credit: Karolien Burvenich.
Make ICT Fair project partners at a project kick-off meeting in Vienna, November 2017. Credit: Karolien Burvenich.

This project aims to improve the lives of workers and those impacted along different stages of the ICT supply chain through research, campaigning, capacity building and advocacy. It builds on the University’s affiliation to Electronics Watch, which carries out worker-based monitoring of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) factories on behalf of public sector members.

Project partners


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The School of Social Political Science, in collaboration with the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, is carrying out research on labour, community, environmental and legal issues in electronics manufacturing, and collaborating with Swedwatch, CATAPA and CEE Bankwatch Network who are researching similar issues in mining. The team is working to map ICT supply chains, carry out field research in sites of mining and manufacture, and develop recommendation reports and policy briefings, as well as academic papers.


University of Edinburgh contacts

Jeroen Merk

Research Fellow (Global ICT Supply Chains)

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  • Jeroen is based in the Social Anthropology department in the School of Social and Political Science.

Liz Cooper

Research & Policy Manager

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  • Before completing an MSc in Business & Community, Liz worked on fair trade & livelihoods projects in India and Senegal for a number of years. She joined the University in 2012 to work on supply chain social responsibility, and currently leads the department’s Fairness in Trade and Sustainable Procurement Programme, including research, policy development, and collaboration with the Procurement Office on implementation. She also contributes to work on responsible investment, and leads work on developing a Living Lab approach – linking academic research to practice in the University on SRS issues.

Disclaimer: This project is organised with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this web page is the sole responsibility of the University of Edinburgh and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.