What Are The Human Rights?
We all know that human rights are the fundamental rights that apply to every individual on this planet. Human rights apply no matter of where you are from, wherever you work, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. Companies have a substantial impact on how we live our lives and enjoy these human rights, whether you are an employee, a consumer or just living next to companies that share our towns and cities.
Human Rights In Production Facilities
Concern for human rights by some Chinese companies is a new concept that has to be integrated into the Chinese corporate culture amidst the ongoing growth of Chinese industries. The human rights laws are mostly broken by companies in terms of production, forced labor, safety concerns, the scandalous workplaces, and environmental pollution. These are a few of the issues that have to be faced in order to improve our human right in companies.
Working Hours & Labor:
Most factories don't respect the maximum number of working hours, and companies in most regions they are not strict regarding this issue. And you will find that the typical complaints in China are about working long working hours. It is found in almost every manufacturer as the Chinese law is fairly strict, but the truth is that the average working time is among the highest worldwide with about 75 to 80 hours per week.
The most sensitive and by far the toughest issue is young child labor. However, it is rarely an issue for big factories. Second to the issue of child labor though is that we see manufacturers that pay employees once a year, which basically implies that employees can’t resign from their job or position once they have started. This kind of approach leads employees to be fully dependent on the manufacturer or company.
In China, forced labor is a very sensitive topic. A year never goes by without seeing cases of forced labor and most cases never see the light of day in local media. And nobody understands the real extent of this problem, and surprisingly few from China as well as abroad, prioritize investigating this human rights issue in regards to forced labor. The worst is the problem of enslaved children and elderly people. Some industries also rely on an inexpensive and bendy workforce amounting to forced labor by the exploitation of a large number of student interns from vocational schools. Even though company-based learning and skill development are considered to be crucial elements of vocational education, students may end up being forced to take apprenticeships in manufacturing factories.
Industry inspectors only make a few inspections and they probably don’t really care about the work environment. And many company inspectors don’t care about the real crisis, all they want is nice audit reports. Inspectors often make manufacturers to hide non-compliance and cheat with double analysis systems. In the end, it makes it more difficult to solve this problem.
What is perceived as satisfactory regarding workers’ safety in China is extremely scary. The workers might not be conscious of or care regarding risks, but their employers are responsible for health conditions and safety requirements. The only way health and safety standards can be improved in Chinese factories and manufacturers is for more stringent laws to be introduced and for stricter enforcement of existing health and safety legislation.
How Are We Improving And Saving The Rights?
- We have strict control of our production facilities in China
- We offer fair conditions/salary for the workers (1380 dollars in full time of 9h day, more than average in china)
- Our employees have working tea breaks and lunch breaks, a total of 90 minutes a day
- None of our workers have long shifts, 10hr is the maximum shift per worker.
- Our facilities have sunlight and fresh air available on most of the working areas.
- We have high security standards in production processes
- Our facilities have great ventilation system
- We trained and have experienced workers on complex machines
- We give free required tools and protective clothing to our employees such as gloves, protective suits or masks
Strict Corona Rules In The Facilitys
- We offer free masks and disinfection.
- We practice distance control to protect the workers.
We encourage team work.
Our workers have cycles, they change their positions and they work with experienced workers to encourage learning and get to know each other.
Only Quality Partners That Have Similar Conditions:
Lention, Baseus & ESR
We Keep Improving The Conditions
Even if everything is not perfect, companies can come jointly to make human rights improvements. The most significant thing companies can do to make improvements is to stop hiding the truth behind their closed factory/manufacturer doors. When an audit report is excellent, you have to wonder how it is possible. How can that company be so different from companies? Why there is no queue of 200 people waiting each morning to be employed?
Accepting lies from companies and brands is pushing factories/manufacturers to lie more and more and to invest in a better lying system. There is an automated IT system to generate compliant time records, and wages... simultaneously as the real one. This is propelling investors to invest in non-transparency. So if factories/manufacturers were looking to improve human rights they should first accept the actual situation and starting from here instead of starting from where they want China to be.
Then it would be possible to favor companies and manufacturers that really try to improve human rights and not the one that looks like they’re trying to. So every brand that accepts working with a lying manufacturer is working against the ones who push for human rights improvements.