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Making a positive impact on working conditions

Giving managers the skills to improve employment practices and health and safety

Chinese factories are the leaders in consumer electronics production. We want them to lead in fair and safe labor practices as well.

The challenge

China is the epicenter of today’s electronics industry. While the country’s factories are known for their manufacturing expertise, they also generate headlines for less-than-ideal practices, such as excessive working hours, low wages and poor health and safety.

Our approach

Starting with selected suppliers (like our manufacturing partner), we’re assessing working conditions in the factory and collaboratively working towards improvements to jointly track progress. We want to build lasting relationships in order to advise and support our suppliers in creating better, safer workplaces.

Timeline

Now

Reflecting on our efforts to set up a Worker Welfare Fund at Hi-P

Reflecting on our efforts to set up a Worker Welfare Fund at Hi-P

Three years ago, we introduced you to a crucial partner for making the Fairphone 2: Hi-P International Limited. In addition to having the technical capabilities…

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Fairphone and case producer Broadway invest in improving social performance

Fairphone and case producer Broadway invest in improving social performance

We would like to introduce a new partner, Broadway Group, the manufacturer of our recently launched Fairphone 2 case. Together we’re developing a project plan…

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Progress and challenges to improving working conditions with our Fairphone 2 manufacturer

Progress and challenges to improving working conditions with our Fairphone 2 manufacturer

When we began working with Hi-P in 2014 to produce the Fairphone 2, we made our goals for worker welfare clear: to collaboratively improve working…

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December production update: How production, workforce and delivery are intertwined

December production update: How production, workforce and delivery are intertwined

As Value Chain Director, I work to increase positive social and environmental impact throughout our product’s value chain, and that’s a pretty long chain, starting…

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Partnership beyond the first tier: social impact with sub-supplier GSN

Partnership beyond the first tier: social impact with sub-supplier GSN

Fairphone 2 allows greater opportunities to build relationships and programs beyond first tier suppliers since we created our own custom design. Owning our design allows…

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Social Assessment Program begins at our manufacturer Hi-P

Social Assessment Program begins at our manufacturer Hi-P

In October 2014, four team members of TAOS, our assessment partner, visited the facilities of Hi-P, the production partner for the next Fairphone. They spent…

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First Worker Welfare Fund proposal approved

First Worker Welfare Fund proposal approved

For factory workers at our production partner Guohong, this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival (also called the Moon Festival) coincides with the outcome of the first Worker…

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Worker Welfare Fund: Electing worker representatives

Worker Welfare Fund: Electing worker representatives

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Chongqing in central China to visit our production partner Guohong where Fairphones are produced. But this trip wasn’t…

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Together we can change the way products are made