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Welcome to SGS SAS News Clips Issue 18!  This issue covers a variety of topics including the draft of Guangdong enterprises collective consultation and collective contract regulations, CSR guidelines for direct selling companies, labour dispute, fire and safety, The 7th CSR Asia Summit 2013, Africa Sustainability Barometer and Minimum Wages Updates in China etc.

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Major Trends

1. Guangdong Province issued the "Guangdong enterprises collective consultation and collective contract regulations (draft)”
Oct 11, 2013, the Standing Committee of Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress issued the "Guangdong enterprises collective consultation and collective contract regulations (draft)“ for public opinion.  The “draft“ states that when the productivity and cost effectivness of enterprises change, the workers and enterprises both have the right for wage adjustments.  And usually, the collective wage negotiation should be made annually.

2. SAIC released CSR guidelines for direct selling companies
Oct 22, 2013, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce released CSR guidelines for direct selling companies in China, and has come into force on the day of promulgation.  The guideline covers the content and the way to fulfill social responsibility.

Industry Observation

3. Hubei provinces and Mongolia updated the minimum wage standards
From Sep to Oct, 2013, Hubei provinces and Mongolia updated the minimum wages standards. After the latest adjustment, monthly minimum wages in Hubei are RMB1300, RMB1020 and RMB900.  Whereas, the wages in Mongolia are RMB 1350, RMB1250, RMB 1150 and RMB1050. For more information, please visit SGS Minimum Wages Map

4. 16 workers of a company were fired after a petition for better remuneration package in Shandong
Oct, 2013, 16 workers of a company were fired after a petition for better premiums and improve their remuneration package in Heze, Shandong.  Up to now, the workers have reported the case to the local labor dispute arbitration court for further investigation.

5. Many people were poisoned after an excessive discharge of sulfur dioxide in Yunnan
Oct 2013, sulfur dioxide was excessively discharged after an equipment failure of a company in Yunnan Province, causing many people poisoned.  At present, the case is still under investigation.

6. A garment factory was on fire in Shandong
Oct 29, 2013, a garment factory was on fire. It is suspected that it was caused by the deteriorating wire in the factory of Qingdao, Shandong Province.  Since there were a lot of flammable items in the workshop, causing the fire to spread rapidly and ignited the whole factory and the warehouse.  The accident is under further investigation.

7. 11 workers died after the explosion of fireworks factory in Guangxi
Nov 1, 2013, 11 workers of a fireworks factory died and 17 workers were injured after an explosion in their workshop in Qinxi, Guangxi Province.  According to the investigation, the accident is due to the misuse of the machinery by the worker.  The accident is still under further investigation.

International News

8. The 7th CSR Asia Summit 2013 in Bangkok
The 7th CSR Asia Summit 2013, with 450 delegates from 31 countries attending, was successfully held on 17-18 September in Bangkok, Thailand.  71% of the delegates were from the corporate sector and 90% were from Asia.  There was also a good mixture of representatives from NGOs, newly established enterprises, academic organizations and government, offering views from a different perspective.  Throughout the two-day conference, 22 organisations set up exhibition booths to CSR solutions.

9. The United Nations Global Compact issued a report of “Africa Sustainability Barometer”
On Sep 2013, the United Nations Global Compact issued a report of “Africa Sustainability Barometer”.  Covering the scope of corporate sustainability, human rights, labour and employment, environment, anti-corruption as well as corporate governance and supply chain management.  Also the Barometer encourages more companies across the continent to commit more on responsible practices. Download the Barometer here

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