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In accordance with the public awareness on environmental protection, safety, health and social responsibility, various codes of conduct of ethical standards have been developed and updated by more and more local and international organizations.The Business Environmental Performance Initiative(BEPI) that established by the Foreign Trade Association(FTA) was officially launched in China in December 2014. In the mean time, the new BSCI Code of Conduct and new Code of Conduct in electronic industry will be implement in 2015, and ILO publishes the annual report etc.

1. BEPI was officially launched in China in December 2014
The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) that established by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) was officially launched in China in December 2014.  BEPI is a practical framework to reduce producer's environmental impact, business risks and costs through environmental improvement.

2. The new BSCI Code of Conduct will be implemented on 1 May, 2015
In 2003, BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) was established by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in order to create consistency and harmonization for companies wanting to improve their social compliance in the global supply chain.  With 1328(Jan 2015 status) member companies BSCI has launched a new version of their Code of Conduct and monitoring tools to incorporate learnings from the last 10 years’ experience. For more information, please click Safeguard- BSCI Code of Conduct Updates.

3. Code of Conduct in Electronic Industry (5.0 version) goes into effect on April 1, 2015
Code of Conduct in Electronic Industry, an updated 5.0 version goes into effect on April 1, 2015. It refines the environmental demands, and it more diverse than 4.0 version for employment forms.

4. ILO publishes the annual report on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (2015).National Labor Organization is a specialty to deal with labor related issues according to international Labor rules. Since its founding, all previous labor meeting has made 188 conventions and 199 recommendations in order for society justice and internationally recognized human rights and labor interests.

5. One overseas electrical brand company’s supplier in China employed underage student
China Labor Watch (CLW) claims to have proof that a supplier in China of overseas electronic brand hired underage students from local vocational school as part of a 3 month intership.

6. Hewlett Packard (HP) announced “HP Foreign Migrant Worker Standard”
HP will be the first IT industry company to require direct employment of foreign migrant workers in its supply chain. To ensure implementation of this standard, HP will complement its existing SCR program with specialized forced labor audits and regular monitoring. Suppliers that do not meet the standard will be required to correct their practices with urgency and may be subject to internal HP escalations, remediation programs and risk discontinuation of business with HP.

7. Denim sandblasting in China
In March 2015, Al Jazeera on-line reports Chinese garment factories still using sandblasting that will cause a fatal respiratory disease known as silicosis. From the video, it can see the workers without properly protection.

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