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Perhaps the most outsourced industry in the world, manufacturing covers everything from textiles to automobiles to construction to electronics and everything in between. Since international trade is largely centered on the exchange of manufactured goods, issues of globalization swirl around these corporations. Here you'll find coverage of labor and sweatshops, the environment, trade agreements, and the overarching impacts of "offshoring" the manufacture of the goods the developed world consumes.


China Cracks Down On Guangdong Labor Activists
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
December 28th, 2015
Seven activists in Guangdong province, a key manufacturing hub in China, have been detained in a major crackdown on labor rights organizers. The arrests follow a steep rise in protests and strikes at factories that have long exploited migrant workers from rural areas with low pay and working conditions.

Bangladeshi Government Cracks Down On Garment Workers Sweatshop Wage Protests
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
January 25th, 2017
As many as 3,500 Bangladeshi workers are reported to have been suspended or fired for taking part in protests against sweatshop wages at garment factories on the outskirts of Dhaka over the last six weeks. Dozens have been thrown in jail amid a major police crackdown on the organizers.

Takata Fined $1 Billion For Hiding Information on Exploding Car Airbags
by Kavya PadmanabhanSpecial to CorpWatch
January 20th, 2017
Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker, will pay a $1 billion fine to the U.S. government after pleading guilty to hiding information about the likelihood that the company’s car air bags could accidentally explode. Takata air bags have been linked to at least 17 deaths around the world.

Formosa Plastics Admits Vietnam Steel Plant Caused Massive Fish Kill
by Richard SmallteacherSpecial to CorpWatch
July 4th, 2016
Vietnam has asked Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation to pay $500 million in compensation for dumping toxic waste in Ky Anh that resulted in a massive fish kill on a 120 mile stretch of Vietnam's central coast in the provinces of Ha Tinh, Hue, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.

East European Shoe Factories Often Pay Below Minimum Wage, Says New Report
by Richard SmallteacherSpecial to CorpWatch
June 22nd, 2016
Shoes labeled "Made in Europe" are often assembled in poor East European countries for 'starvation wages' according to a new research report from the Change Your Shoes campaign. The companies whose labor practices were examined include Ara, Bata, Deichmann, Geox, Leder & Schuh AG, Lowa and Zara.

Music Video Asking Unilever to Clean Up Mercury Waste in India Goes Viral
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 7th, 2015
A music video asking Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant, to clean up mercury waste from their former Indian factory notched up two million views in less than a week, prompting a reply from the company CEO. 'Kodaikanal Won't,’ the video by Sonia Ashraf, parodied Nicki Minaj’s song 'Anaconda.’

Swedish Paper Manufacturing Giant Blacklisted for Child Labor Practices
by Fatima HansiaCorpWatch Blog
April 20th, 2015
Stora Enso – a Swedish paper manufacturing giant – has been blacklisted after investigations into its supply chain in Pakistan showed that the company was knowingly using child labor. In March, AP7, a major Swedish pension fund, sold off its $4.1 million stake in Stora.

Brazilian Truth Commission Alleges Volkswagen Had Ties To Former Military Junta
by Nicolas KrotzCorpWatch Blog
January 26th, 2015
Volkswagen's subsidiary in Brazil has been accused of providing material support for torture conducted by the military dictatorship during its 21 year reign from 1964 to 1985. Details of the role of the German car manufacturer emerged in the final report of a national Truth Commission issued last month.

Aluminium Bahrain Bribery Case Collapses
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
December 12th, 2013
A lawsuit against Victor Dahdaleh, a Canadian-British billionaire, for allegedly paying £39 million ($65 million) in bribes to win supply contracts worth £2 billion ($3.2 billion) from Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has collapsed.

Samsung Worker May Have Contracted Cancer at Workplace, Court Finds
by Richard Smallteacher
October 28th, 2013
A South Korean court has found "considerable causal relationship" between leukemia that killed a Samsung worker and her job dipping wafers in chemicals at a memory chip factory in Gi-heung, South Korea. This is the third time courts have supported alleged victims of workplace hazards in Samsung facilities.

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