Flextronics provides relief for supply chain workers

3 June 2011

5 June 2011 | Lindsay Clark

Electronic component manufacturer Flextronics has found almost half of its suppliers were not providing a seventh day of rest to workers.

Initial on-site supplier audit results for its Supply Chain Sustainability Report found 45 per cent of its vendors did not provide rest days once a week.

Flextronics now requires all suppliers to create a policy and undertake measures to ensure workers make use of a weekly rest day.

The audit also showed that 13 per cent of suppliers did not demonstrate any social or environmental deficiencies. The day-of-rest infringement was the most common problem, followed by a working week of more than 60 hours for supplier employees. No suppliers were found to be in violation of use of forced, prison or child labour, insufficient minimum wages, or inhumane treatment of employees.

Bob Cusick, Flextronics’ senior vice president of procurement said the report would provide current and potential suppliers with a good understanding of the company’s social and environmental supply chain program and expectations.

Flextronics said it was also working to understand the source of all the minerals it uses in its products and disclose this to comply with the US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This new legislation aims to identify if any companies are sourcing minerals from conflict zones, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Campaigners have argued that trading of these minerals have helped fund the nation’s civil war.

The firm was a “key member” of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition team working on due diligence for conflict minerals.

“We are committed to define a common process to survey and eliminate the usage of conflict minerals from our supply chain and provide tools that suppliers can use to ensure compliance to the Dodd-Frank Act,” Cusick said.

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