ESG News Review 5 – 11 April 2014

14 04 2014

Baxter International appeared among the most praised companies last week, as it was recognized for safety performance in China when it received the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development District’s (GETDD) 2013 Excellent Safety Culture Company Award for dedication to creating a safe manufacturing environment and culture. Xylem gained the 2014 Corporate Excellence Award from Charities@Work, […]

ESG News Review 11 — 17 January 2014

20 01 2014

Alstom appeared among the most praised companies last week, as it announced it would cease engaging sales consultants to ensure it “conducts business in a responsible way and strives to achieve the highest ethical standards”. Alstom is also calling for a target of more than 30% of renewable energy sourced in Europe by 2030. Hewlett-Packard […]

Shenzhen wage hike causes supply chain jitters

28 08 2012

Chinese tech hub and boom town Shenzhen is set to increase the minimum wage of workers there by 13.3 per cent in early 2013, causing a few sweaty palms in the technology supply chain. Shenzhen and the wider Pearl River Delta area in southern China is one of the most concentrated technology manufacturing hubs in […]

Better Safe than Sorry – Corporate executives should build global opportunities by advancing human rights

28 02 2011

Public revolt in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere makes it clear that many yearn for rights and liberties. But states are not the only institutions obligated to respect human rights. Companies also have human rights responsibilities and can be complicit in violating human rights. For example, during the first days of protests in Cairo, telecom […]

HP’s Ethical Reputation Hurt by CEO’s Departure

9 08 2010

Hewlett-Packard received negative press coverage today and over the week-end as its CEO Mark Hurd resigned after an internal investigation stated falsified expense reports. The company said Mr Hurd violated HP’s Standards of Business Conduct, but not its sexual harassment policy. The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine,, The Australian Business, laprensaenlinea, Washington Examiner, and […]

Foxconn Gives Chinese Workers 33 Percent Pay Raise

2 06 2010

Stung by labor shortages and a rash of suicides this year at its massive factories in southern China, Foxconn Technology said Wednesday that it would immediately raise the salaries of many of its Chinese workers by 33 percent. The pay increase is the latest indication that labor costs are rising in China’s coastal manufacturing centers […]

HP, Dell, and Apple Each Claim Their Computers Are the “Greenest”

15 06 2009

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the greenest of them all? Top manufacturers of personal computers in the U.S. — Hewlett-Packard Co, Dell Inc, and fourth-place Apple Inc. — are each claiming to have the “greenest” PCs on the market. The companies are crafting entire business plans around selling their “greenness” to consumers.John Spooner, an […]

HP et Microsoft s’investissent pour l’environnement en Afrique

19 02 2009

En aoà»t 2008, Greenpeace avait montré du doigt l’exploitation de l’Afrique comme un dépotoir pour les déchets électroniques du reste du monde. Aujourd’hui, HP et Microsoft se penchent sur un continent oublié par le « green IT ». L’Afrique reste encore et surtout la poubelle électronique du reste du monde, comme l’a montré Greenpeace dans […]

Innovation Fuels Techs’ Reputation Despite Corruption Scandals – Covalence Technology Hardware Industry Report 2008

11 11 2008

Innovative green and social products greatly contribute to the ethical reputation of technology hardware companies, while labour, legal, institutional and production-related challenges are rising, states a report published today by Geneva-based research firm Covalence — Covalence Technology Hardware Industry Report 2008. In Covalence cross-sectors EthicalQuote ranking Technology Hardware recently lost the 1st rank against Automobiles […]

HP strives for diversity in workforce

9 06 2008

HEWLETT-Packard is striving to have a workforce profile that reflects the diverse one billion people using HP products worldwide. This would see the Fortune 500 company embarking on retraining women or attracting more women to join it, said vice-president of human resources (Asia-Pacific and Japan) Michael Vivakis. According to him, diversity means more than just […]