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Enterprises have their own brand image and reputation in the market which defines how they fulfill social responsibility. The commitment to social responsibility requires both policy and action at many different levels within the organization, even extending into the supply chain.

SGS Social Responsibility News Clips provides you the latest news on social responsibility, to help you catching the trends and be well prepared for social audits. This issue covers “Regulations of Occupational Health Supervision and Management in Workplace”, “Gender Equity Seal (GES) ”, “UN Anti-corruption Treaty”, Safety, Discrimination, Use mentally disabled people and Minimum Wages Updates in China etc.

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TOPICS IN THIS ISSUE

Major Trends

1. Siemens “Supplier Sustainability and Supplier Quality Workshop 2012” Seminar was held successfully in Shanghai

On June 27th, 2012, Siemens has successfully held a seminar on “Supplier Sustainability and Supplier Quality Workshop” in Sheraton Hotel Shanghai. As the leader and innovator in the field of global inspection, verification, testing and certification service, SGS was invited to attend the seminar as a special guest.

During the seminar, Ms. Jenny Chen, the project manager from SGS FA Department shared with Siemens suppliers the concept of sustainability and how to performance well in CSR. After the sharing, Siemens stated that as one of the biggest electronics and electrical company in the world, Siemens always kept complying the social responsibility, to harmonize the development of People, Planet and Profit. The suppliers stated that they have learnt a lot in the seminar, would move forward to keep pace with Siemens on sustainability!

2. China implemented the regulations of occupational health supervision and management in workplace

Jun 1, 2012, “The Regulations of Occupational Health Supervision and Management in Workplace (hereinafter referred as “The Regulations”)” was published by China’s State Administration of Work Safety. Meanwhile, the previous instrument “The Interim Regulations of Occupational Health Supervision and Management in Workplace” issued on July 1, 2009 has been rescinded. “The Regulations” strengthen the employers’ responsibility of occupational disease prevention, meanwhile, the applicable range has been adjusted to all employers (contain coal mine enterprises).

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Industry Observation

3. 18 provinces and cities updated their minimum wage standards

According to statistic based on SGS Minimum Wages Map(link to: http://www.sgsgroup.com.hk/en/app/china-wages-map.aspx), until Aug 9, 2012, 18 provinces and cities have updated their minimum wages standards in China. The minimum wage of Hainan has been raised to RMB1050 after adjustment. For the rank please refer to below.

The minimum wages standards in part of provinces and cities

Month minimum wages

Hour minimum wages

Shenzhen

1500

Beijing

14

Shanghai

1450

Xinjiang

13.4

Xinjiang

1340

Shenzhen

13.3

Jiangsu

1320

Tianjin

13.1

Tianjin

1310

Shandong

13

Beijing

1260

Fujian

12.7

Shandong

1240

Shanghai

12.5

Fujian

1125

Shanxi

12.3

Shanxi

1100

Jiangsu

11.5

Ningxia

1100

Sichuan

11

Yunnan

1050

Ningxia

11

Sichuan

1050

Chongqing

10.5

Chongqing

1050

Gansu

10.3

Hainan

1050

Shanxi

10

Guangxi

1000

Yunnan

10

Shanxi

1000

Hainan

9.2

Gansu

980

Jiangxi

8.7

Jiangxi

870

Guangxi

8.5

4. A factory was on fire in Guangdong

Jul 28, 2012, three staffs died and six staffs were injured in a fire accident in a foam paste workshop of their factory in Foshan, Guangdong Province. The factory mainly produces guitar, violin, piano class box etc, the fire workshop is not a formal plant, it only capped four fences and covered with blue tin in the original 3rd floor roof. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

5. Staffs got poisoning when cleaning the wastewater pool in Wenzhou

Aug 9, 2012, six staffs from an apparel company in Pingyang County, Wenzhou City, got poisoning when they cleaned their wastewater pool, since the wastewater pool has not been cleared up for a long time, so the content of hydrogen sulfide was high, and their rescue measures was improper, two staffs died and four were injured. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

6. Female graduates first taken action about sex discrimination in employment

Aug, 2012, a female graduate with other nine girls designed a performance art event to protest against that one enterprise refused employing females for some positions in Beijing. The female graduate encountered gender discrimination when she applied for a job from the enterprise. At present, the female graduate has brought an action in the court.

7. A gypsum factory used mentally disabled people in Hubei

Aug, 2012, a gypsum factory used mentally disabled people who were tramps around train station or from shelters in Jingmen, Hubei Province, most of the people are deaf mute. These mentally disabled people work in a terrible working and living condition without payment, their food were noodles and there was no shower room in the factory. Relevant departments preliminary investigation concluded that the factory has no production condition, so it was ordered to halt production. At present, the follow-up survey also is underway.

 

International News

8. SAI & UN Women finalize the Gender Equity Seal

July 2012, Social Accountability International (SAI), in partnership with United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), finalized the Gender Equity Seal (GES) as a new auditable standard and certification system. The GES promote fair treatment of men and women in the workplace and supply chain.

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9. Top Companies call for Germany to ratify UN Anti-corruption Treaty

The CEOs of 35 major German companies have written to lawmakers urging them to ratify an international anti-corruption treaty, warning that failure to do so risks harming the reputation of German firms abroad. Germany is one of just a handful of nations whose parliament hasn't formally approved the U.N. Convention Against Corruption — though the government signed the treaty in 2003.

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