Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch. This will give her the opportunity to make leadership decisions regarding how to safeguard workers’ rights in the electronics industry at a global level.
Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic’s research focuses on the interdependence between software, hardware and labour. Her work has been instrumental in exposing worker exploitation in electronics manufacturing in Eastern Europe, resulting in changes to policy and working practices and improving labour conditions. Electronics Watch is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation bringing together public sector buyers and civil society organisations in electronics production regions, with experts in human rights and global supply chains.
The mission of Electronics Watch is to help public sector organisations work together and collaborate with civil society monitoring in production regions to protect the rights of workers in their electronics supply chains.
Dr Andrijasevic’s appointment will take effect starting June 2022. Being on the Board of Trustees will strengthen the impact-focused work she has been doing on rights of workers in IT since 2015. It will also bring into focus working conditions in electronics supply chains in Eastern Europe, where lots of hardware used in the UK is assembled. Previously, the focus has always been on workers in China and Southeast Asia.
Dr Andrijasevic said, “I am thrilled to be appointed to the Board of Trustees and for the opportunity to work with colleagues dedicated to achieving safe and decent working conditions in electronics supply chains.”
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