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SAS News Clips - Issue 20

Welcome to SGS SAS News Clips Issue 20!  This issue covers a variety of topics including the Safety Production law, Business & human rights guide for companies in Germany, UN Global Compact Strategy 2014-2016, fire and safety and Minimum Wages Updates in China etc.

Major Trends
1. The Safety Production law of People's Republic of China was revised for the first time
Feb 25 2014, the amendment of the Safety Production law of People's Republic of China has been submitted for deliberation in the 12 session of Standing Committee of the National People's Congress 7 conference.  This is the first time it has been revised of the Safety Production law which has been implementing for ten years.  The “amendment“ focuses on inspection and precaution of accident.

2. GRI published the Chinese version of 《Sustainability Reporting Guidelines》
Jan 16, 2014, GRI published the Chinese version of sustainability reporting guidelines in Beijing, the Chinese version of the Guidelines includes two parts, part one “Reporting Principles and Standard Disclosures” and part two “Implementation Manual”.

Industry Observation
3. Shanxi, Shandong provinces and Shenzhen updated the minimum wage standards
From Feb to Mar 2014, Shanxi, Shandong provinces and Shenzhen updated the minimum wages standards.  After the latest adjustment, monthly minimum wages in Shanxi are RMB1280, RMB1170, RMB1060 and RMB970.  Shandong will be RMB1500, RMB1350 and RMB1200 respectively.  Whereas the monthly minimum wage in Shenzhen is RMB 1808.  For more information, please visit SGS Minimum Wages Map

4. 4 workers were paint poisoning in Zhejiang
Mar 6, 2014, due to bad ventilation, 4 workers who worked in a ship were paint poisoning while painting the cabin.  In order to avoid such accidents, enterprises should strengthen personal-protection and labor protection education, and should organize physical check-ups regularly for the workers who are engaged in chemical-prone activities.

5. A textile company was on fire in Guangdong
Mar 4, 2014, a warehouse of a textile company was on fire, causing 1800㎡ fire area in Enping, Guangdong Province.  The accident is under further investigation.

6. 2 workers died after the explosion of a polyfoam-processing company in Liaoning
Feb 28, 2014, 2 workers of a polyfoam-processing company died and 1 worker was injured after an explosion at their semi-finished product workshop in Tieling, Liaoning Province.  According to the investigation, the semi-finished products emitted butane gas and had reached to a certain concentration then set alight.  All the similar enterprises in Tieling have been ordered to cease production for safety check.

7. A furniture factory was on fire
Mar 3, 2014, a workshop of a furniture factory was on fire, causing hundreds square metre fire area in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province.  This is due to sparks scattered on the furniture while workers were on welding process.

International News
8. Germany published Business & Human Rights guide for companies
Recently, Germany has published a report “Respecting Human Rights: An introductory guide for business”.  To attract the awareness of the readers on human rights of workers and local community, daily examples and cases have been used as illustrations.  It also offers approaches to enterprises so as to lower such risks.  Read the full report

9. UN Global Compact Releases its 2014-2016 Strategy
The UN Global Compact released its 2014-2016 strategy.  The strategy lays out how the initiative will work to make corporate sustainability a transformative force in achieving a secured and sustainable future. Download UN Global Compact 2014-2016 Strategy

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