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Key Social Impacts of Electronics Production and WEEE-Recycling in China

TitleKey Social Impacts of Electronics Production and WEEE-Recycling in China
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsManhart A
Prepared forEmpa, SECO
InstitutionOeko Institute e.V.
AbstractThis study is part of the Sino-Swiss cooperation project “Sustainable Development: China and Global Markets”. The project aims to identify and assess China’s role and potential in driving sustainable management with respect to three major industrial sectors, namely cotton & textile, timber and e-products. Furthermore, it aims to identify where the sustainability impacts of the respective product chains are most important and which economic actors are best placed to “drive” change towards full cost internalization of product chain activity. Based on the results of the sectoral product chains studies, recommendations are made and put forward to the Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on possible policy initiatives for China itself or China acting together with its trading partners to address sustainable development challenges facing them. The project is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and National Nature Science Foundation of China (20777043/B070204). It is jointly managed by the Department of WTO Affairs of MOFCOM and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Canada. The project component “Commodity Chain Sustainability Analysis of Key Chinese Electronic Product Chains” is managed by the Swiss Institute for Material Science and Technology (EMPA). While the environmental analysis is conducted by EMPA scientific staff, the analysis of social aspects was subcontracted to Öko-Institut (Germany).
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