Make ICT Fair project
The University collaborated 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 January 2021.
This project aimed 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 built 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.
- Swedwatch (Sweden)
- Suedwind (Austria)
- CATAPA (Belgium)
- CEE Bankwatch Network (Central and Eastern Europe)
- Electronics Watch (Europe-wide)
- People & Planet (UK)
- SETEM Catalunya (Catalunya)
- Le Monde Diplomatic (Poland)
- ICLEI (Europe-wide)
- Towards Sustainability Association (Hungary)
- The University of Edinburgh (UK)
The School of Social Political Science, in collaboration with the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, carried out research on labour, community, environmental and legal issues in electronics manufacturing, and collaborated with Swedwatch, CATAPA and CEE Bankwatch Network who researched similar issues in mining. The team is worked 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.
Human rights risks in the ICT supply chain
Green technologies for people and planet
Circular fair smartphones - Joint Statement of Demand
Hazardous chemicals in ICT manufacturing and the impacts on female workers in the Philippines
Linking the Bolivian Minerals to the European Industry
Occupational poisoning in ICT manufacturing
Towards a fairer ICT supply chain
Devices draining the desert: lithium mining in Chile
Forced labour behind your screen
The link between employment conditions and suicide: a study of the electronics sector in China
The Rivers are Bleeding: British mining in Latin America
Living Under Risk: Copper, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Human Rights in Chile
Assessing the social impacts of the preparatory and development phases at Lydian International’s Amulsar mine in Armenia through surveys of neighbouring communities
Biodiversity offsetting and other problems of the ESIA of Amulsar gold project in Armenia
Copper with a cost – Human rights and environmental risks in the minerals supply chains of ICT: A case study from Zambia
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.
Some of the research reports shared on this website have been produced by the University of Edinburgh's partners on the EU-funded Make ICT Fair project. These reports do not reflect the views of the University of Edinburgh, and any queries regarding their content should be addressed to the authors identified within each report.