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SACOM and WEED publish open letter to Fujitsu calling for constructive engagement with civil society

19. 6. 2009 -
<p><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">In February 2009, SACOM and
<st1:personname w:st="on">WEED</st1:personname> published an <a href="http://goodelectronics.org/publications-en/Publication_2851/at_download/fullfile">updated
version of the report “The Dark Side of Cyberspace&quot;</a> describing among other
issues the sub-standard working conditions at Dongguan-based Excelsior
Electronics and Compeq Technology in Huizhou, suppliers to <st1:personname productid="Fujitsu Siemens" w:st="on">Fujitsu Siemens</st1:personname> Computers
(FSC). <o:p /></span></font></p>
<p><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">On 20 April 2009, Fujitsu Technology
Solutions (FTS), successor to FSC, published a </span></font><font face="Times"><span style="font-family: Times;"><a href="http://www.reports-and-materials.org/Fujitsu-response-re-SACOM-Excelsior-report-21-Apr-2009.doc"><span lang="EN-GB">public statement </span></a></span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">referring to the report. In this statement
FTS declared to suspend cooperation with suppliers that do not fully meet
requirements as described its Supplier Code of Conduct. Also, Fujitsu announced
to plan to undertake an audit at Excelsior
Electronics<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">On 27 April 2009, Excelsior
Electronics followed with a </span></font><font face="Times"><span style="font-family: Times;"><a href="http://www.reports-and-materials.org/Excelsior-Electronics-response-SACOM-WEED-report-28-Apr-2009.doc"><span lang="EN-GB">statement</span></a></span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">, defending it policies and practices regarding the
protection of labour rights.<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">In an </span></font><strong><font face="Times"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-family: Times;"><a href="http://sacom.hk/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/letter_to_fujitsu_15june20091.pdf"><span lang="EN-GB">open letter published 15 June 2009, SACOM and
WEED</span></a></span></font></strong><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;"> reiterate their position. The core points of their
message:<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p style="margin-left: 36pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><font face="Symbol" size="2"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Symbol;"><span>·<font face="Times New Roman" size="1"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none;"> </span></font></span></span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">The audit announced by FTS is welcomed. Audit
findings should be discussed with civil society
groups;<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p style="margin-left: 36pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><font face="Symbol" size="2"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Symbol;"><span>·<font face="Times New Roman" size="1"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none;"> </span></font></span></span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">SACOM and <st1:personname w:st="on">WEED</st1:personname> call on FTS not to 'cut and run' by severing its
business relation with Excelsior Electronics, but to take a constructive
approach by implementing an action plan in cooperation with its supplier and
credible labour groups to address the identified
problems;<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p style="margin-left: 36pt; text-indent: -18pt;"><font face="Symbol" size="2"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Symbol;"><span>·<font face="Times New Roman" size="1"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none;"> </span></font></span></span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">SACOM and <st1:personname w:st="on">WEED</st1:personname> indicate to be interested in meeting with FTS
and Excelsior Electronics, but not to accept Fujitsu taking a mere observer
role, which would amount to denying its it supply chain responsibility. SACOM
and <st1:personname w:st="on">WEED</st1:personname> look forward to receiving a
favourable reply from Fujitsu by June 30, 2009.<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></strong></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">In its April 20 statement, Fujitsu
writes that SACOM <em><span style="font-style: italic;">has denied lying open its
methodology of investigation</span></em>. SACOM and WEED refer Fujitsu back to
the report, where, on page 11, &nbsp;the research methodology is explained. The
research consisted of worker interviews and field investigations, including&nbsp;
taking pictures and gathering company information.<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">SACOM and WEED stress that workers
in mainland China who speak to labour rights groups about bad workplace
conditions risk harsh treatment by their employers and even dismissal and
blacklisting – reducing their chances to find work elsewhere. SACOM and WEED
therefore made a conscious choice to protect their
sources.<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">SACOM and WEED further stress that
Fujitsu so far has not substantially disputed the research
data.<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">Fujitsu, in the 20 April statement,
whines not </span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">to understand <em><span style="font-style: italic;">why
Fujitsu has become the focus of SACOM’s concerns while other companies supplied
by Excelsior Electronics have not been mentioned</span></em>. SACOM and
<st1:personname w:st="on">WEED</st1:personname> are clear on this point: Fujitsu
is one of the key buyers, and its </span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">buying practices are of clear influence on
the labour abuses found at Excelsior Electronics</span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">. What is more, in 2007,
Fujitsu </span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">decided to a</span></font><font face="Times"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-family: Times;">ward PC Partner's, the parent company of
Excelsior Electronics as ‘best supplier of the year’, clearly demonstrating to
take a different view of this company.<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">Contrary to what Fujitsu is saying,
in the report other key buyers of Excelsior Electronics and Compeq Technology
are mentioned, including Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Apple, Sony, Motorola, Nokia and
AMD. These companies have been addressed by SACOM and
WEEd.<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">As a follow-up of the report, a
meeting was scheduled between Excelsior Electronics, Fujitsu and SACOM on 2
April 2009. When Fujitsu stated that they would be participating as ‘observers’,
SACOM decided to cancel the meeting, deeming that this positioning could not
result in constructive talks. However, SACOM and WEED still hope that it will be
possible to have a fruitful meeting where buyer and supplier participate on an
equal basis with SACOM. <o:p /></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">See also <a href="http://goodelectronics.org/news-en/open-letter-to-fujitsu-calling-for-constructive-engagement-with-civil-society/">http://goodelectronics.org/news-en/open-letter-to-fujitsu-calling-for-constructive-engagement-with-civil-society/</a>.<o:p /></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;"><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times" size="3"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times;">SACOM and WEED are part of <font color="blue"><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.procureitfair.org/">procureITfair</a></span></font>, WEED as a
consortium member, SACOM as a partner. <o:p /></span></font></p>

 

 
 
 
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