Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Hazardous chemicals in ICT manufacturing and the impacts on female workers in the Philippines

A Swedwatch investigation, published in January 2021, supported by Make ICT Fair.

Swedwatch chemical briefing: Hazardous chemicals in ICT manufacturing and the impacts on female workers in the Philippines

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Electronics brands must protect workers from hazardous chemicals in the Philippines

Results from a new Swedwatch survey indicate shortcomings in the human rights processes of leading smartphone and laptop brands sourcing from the Philippines. The mostly female factory workers risk severe health risks from exposure to hazardous chemicals and many fear dismissal if they speak out. Despite the Philippines being ranked among the world’s worst countries for workers’ rights, the brands fail to demonstrate adequate awareness of risks to workers’ health and safety.

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