Mobile phone companies have managed to make small masterpieces of technology and entertainment. But they have not succeeded in avoiding scandal and terrible working conditions. The Future in Our Hands has visited one of the cities where iPhone is produced: Shenzhen in China.
Even though sugar, coffee and cocoa are grown in developing countries, Norway imports these products from Europe. While developing countries produce the raw materials, a large share of the profits remains in Europe.
Norwegians export more than double as much second-hand clothes as 10 years ago, altogether 20,000 tonnes in 2011. Perhaps your used trousers or tight top will find a new owner at the second-hand market in Uganda?
Greedy palm-oil companies in Southeast Asia are tearing down untouched rain forest in their hunt for new land. Norwegian food producers such as Mills assert that that they use only palm oil from sustainable plantations. But their Swedish importers refuse to state which plantations the oil comes from.
Worn-looking clothes direct from the store have a price. Manual sandblasting with quartz sand gives the clothes a worn look but inflicts the risk of the incurable lung disease silicosis on the workers, according to a new report.
Mizan Hatim Engineering will after all be permitted to participate in
competitions for new contracts for Telenor’s subsidiary, Grameenphone,
in Bangladesh. Norwatch has been informed of this by Telenor’s public
relations officer, Pål Kvalheim. Mizan was the only supplier to be
excluded when the scandal about the working conditions in Bangladesh