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Inside China's IT Factories: the Struggle for Human and Workers' Rights

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zerowasteXchange and the Ethical Tech and Humane Design present:

Inside China's IT Factories: the Struggle for Human and Workers' Rights with Labour Rights Activist Len Abe

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Smartphones, PCs and other IT equipment are mostly manufactured in China, or other Asian countries - often under problematic working conditions. Long hours, unpaid overtime, lack of protective clothing and the absence of social security are commonplace. During production, chemicals that are harmful to the environment and to human health are frequently used. The raw materials used - eg. metals, such as cobalt, tin or gold, are often part of an opaque supply chain rife with worker exploitation, child labour and pollution.

In China, activist Len Abe has been campaigning for the rights of workers in the electronics industry for many years - which is becoming increasingly difficult under China's current leadership. Currently, he is touring Germany and will be stopping in Hamburg where he will report on the situation in the factories and the work of the activists. Following his talk will be a moderated panel discussion, with room for questions and open discussion. Len Abe is supported by the organization Nager IT, which is committed to decent working conditions in IT factories and offers a (largely) fairly produced PC mouse.

Expert guest speakers include:
Len Abe: labour rights activist from Shenzhen, China
Susanne Jordan: the CEO of Nager IT, Germany’s fair mouse
Sebastian Beschke: representative of NGO Fair Loetet, Germany’s fair soldering association.
Moderation: Michael Dettbarn, Greenpeace.

Schedule of Events:
18:30 Doors open, drinks, mingle
19:00 Welcome & Introduction
19:05 Working conditions in Chinese factories by Len Abe
19:35 Panel discussion & Open Q&A
Approx. 21:30 End

This event will take place in English.

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Please note that while this event is not specifically zero waste focused, it digs deeper into the themes explored in our 2017 screening of "Death By Design" which focused on the environmental and human impacts of the global smart phone industry: