If you follow consumer electronic news, then you’ve more than likely read about the National Labor Committee report on Chinese labor issues that was released this week and picked up by numerous online media, including this one.
The report uncovered the poor working conditions at KYE, a Chinese factory, and Logitech was among the companies named in the report for manufacturing through KYE.
Joseph Sullivan, our Sr. VP of Worldwide Operations, responded with a letter earlier today to Charles Kernaghan, director of NLC – and we wanted to share that letter with you below. We welcome any additional questions you have about this topic, so please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
April 16, 2010
National Labor Committee
5 Gateway Center, 6th Floor
Pittsburg, PA 15222
Dear Mr. Kernaghan,
On behalf of Logitech, I would like to thank you for your reporting on Chinese factory labor issues. Logitech manufactures virtually all of our products in China, either in our own factory or through contract manufacturing – so we read your report with a great deal of concern.
Logitech is a member of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), which actively promotes an industry-recognized code of conduct and standards for auditing our factory partners. Logitech actively conducts audits of our manufacturing partners, using EICC standards. Our targets have typically focused on factories involved in 80 percent of our manufacturing investment.
In the specific case of KYE, Logitech used this factory to manufacture some of our digital video security products until November 2009. Our manufacturing relationship with KYE was the result of acquiring the digital video security business in November 2007. We no longer manufacture this line of products in the KYE factory and have no additional plans for manufacturing with KYE.
This decision, however, was made without knowledge of the conditions you have reported. Our manufacturing with KYE was .15 percent of our manufacturing investment over the past 12 months, so it was not included in our auditing process.
If you are in need of additional information from Logitech on this topic, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sr. Vice President, Logitech Worldwide Operations