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HP, Dell, and IBM Agree to Manufacturing Code of Conduct 176

Posted by michael
from the step-in-the-right-direction dept.
JustOK writes "Yahoo! reports that IBM, Dell and HP have agreed to a code of conduct for not only workers, but the environment as well. An HP exec's statement is that the company is only responding to the company's 'globalizing in many parts of the world'." The joint press release is available, as is the code of conduct (pdf).
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HP, Dell, and IBM Agree to Manufacturing Code of Conduct

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  • by (SM) Spacemonkey (812689) on Friday October 22, 2004 @05:08PM (#10603443)
    "It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity."
    -Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat, seventh secretary-general of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize

  • recent difference (Score:3, Informative)

    by Doc Ruby (173196) on Friday October 22, 2004 @05:08PM (#10603454) Homepage Journal
    For 70 years after such shocking events as the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire [], American labor organized to protect the labor market, its workers, and the economy that depends on it from the shortsighted profit hunger of American corporations. In global ports like Boston, New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, American labor turned skills, productivity, quality and reliability into globally superior goods, filling global markets with American brands. But American corporations turned the tides in the 1980s, undermining labor and outsourcing manufacturing to other countries without the labor or environment protections in the US, while reducing those safeguards here. So yes, now we've got overseas sweatshops polluting the globe, while a few shareholders and executives keep the profits. After generations of success under American labor laws, that's the consequence of selling out labor to the profiteers.
  • by SuperBanana (662181) on Friday October 22, 2004 @05:25PM (#10603624)

    Yes, that actually was initiated by the Mayor of New York, La Guardia, when he first took office.

    Only took twenty years since the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire [] for someone to do something about it. Wonderful, mmm?

  • by Associate (317603) on Friday October 22, 2004 @05:28PM (#10603651) Homepage
    I don't know about the rest, but IBM doesn't make most of their own computers. They contract it out to companies like Sanmina-SCI, Solectron and others. S-SCI has moved most of the work to Mexico. But given IBM's relationship with their contractors, they may decide to slide this in after the contracts are signed.
  • by jsebrech (525647) on Friday October 22, 2004 @06:22PM (#10604262)
    I'd purchase the $18 toaster, seeing that it was made more efficiently.

    A fine member of the human race you are. Your genes will surely survive your equals.

    Back in college I was an office boy earning $4.15/hour, but the work I was doing was worth maybe $2/hour. Minimum wage laws are stupid--and ironically enough, end up hurting those at the low end of the job market (by pricing them out of jobs).

    The basic philosophy behind minimum wage laws is that if you work a full work week, you should be able to have enough money to feed, clothe and otherwise care for you and your immediate family. In the absence of minimum wage laws jobs have only to pay well enough to improve the quality of life beyond joblessness, which doesn't need to mean that it necessarily actually provides anything approximating a quality of life we would consider "humane". Without minimum wage laws people will literally work themselves to death, as long as that death arrives later than it otherwise would have.

    The one strong argument against minimum wage laws is that in the presence of minimum wage laws some jobs aren't created, and so people who would otherwise take those jobs make nothing instead of making something. However, it's an argument bred from shortsightedness, pessimism and laziness, from the belief that it is acceptable to merely aim for survival, instead of a healthy world economy which serves all, and that it is foolish to even try to do better. But then maybe I'm a hopeless utopian for believing we can improve upon a worldwide economic system that statistically doesn't do all that much better than that of the middle ages, with a large group of people having as their best choice something akin to slavery.
  • by Money for Nothin' (754763) on Friday October 22, 2004 @08:03PM (#10605302)
    I've lost any desire to buy anything from HP, IBM or anyone else involved in this crap. Give me "made in the US" label or give me death.

    Then you'd better go wrap your (Ford|Chevy|Dodge) around a telephone pole the next time you go for a drive, because they don't manufacture all their parts in the U.S. (or even the cars themselves)...

    Show me an all-American computer maker, auto-maker, or maker of virtually any other product. If the product uses any electronics at all (as is increasingly the case), then most-likely, it's using Taiwanese electronics.

    Heck, the computer you typed your message on is probably not 100% American.

    Such is the effect of international trade.
  • by rsmith-mac (639075) on Friday October 22, 2004 @09:28PM (#10605890)
    Your motherboard most certainly wasn't assembled by robots. Even tier-1 companies like Abit still use a fair amount of human labor.
  • by RoadWarriorX (522317) on Friday October 22, 2004 @10:13PM (#10606106) Homepage
    Forced, bonded or indentured labor or involuntary prison labor is not to be used. All work will be voluntary, and workers should be free to leave upon reasonable notice. Workers shall not be required to hand over government-issued identification, passports or work permits as a condition of employment.

    I wish I can have employment with presenting identification. Alas, I must also submit to a background check, a credit check and a drug test.

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. -- James Michener, "Space"