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

Research

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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.

 

 

Forced labour behind your screen

Forced labour behind your screen - Make ICT Fair
A Danwatch investigation, published in June 2019, supported by Make ICT Fair.

The link between employment conditions and suicide: a study of the electronics sector in China

The link between employment conditions and suicide: a study of the electronics sector in China November 2018.
This report is the product of the combined efforts of the Economic Rights Institute and Electronics Watch, published in November 2018.

The Rivers are Bleeding: British mining in Latin America

Landscape from 'The Rivers are Bleeding: British mining in Latin America', by War on Want, co-financed by CATAPA
This report is by War on Want and was co-financed by CATAPA, published in October 2018.

Living Under Risk: Copper, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Human Rights in Chile

'Living Under Risk: Copper, Information and Communication Technologies' report image of sign in Chile
Report by Sebastian Smart with support from CATAPA and War on Want, published in January 2019.

University of Edinburgh contacts

Jeroen Merk

Research Fellow (Global ICT Supply Chains)

Contact details

Availability

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

General enquiries

  • Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Contact details

Address

Street

Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH1 1LT

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.