December 5, 2006

Leading automakers and suppliers promote global working conditions

Detroit, Michigan – Several leading automakers and their suppliers have launched a collaborative, industry-wide project focused on advancing a shared vision of workplace standards throughout their supply chains. The standards promote decent working conditions for the millions of workers around the world involved in the production of automobiles.

The effort has been coordinated since October 2005 by the Automotive Industry Action Group, an industry organization focusing on continuously improving business processes and practices. During the past year, project participants have established a set of guiding statements to create a shared industry voice on issues of working conditions. The elements of the project include child labour, forced labour, freedom of association, harassment and discrimination, health and safety, wages and benefits, and working hours. Participants currently involved in the effort include DaimlerChrysler, Exel, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda of America Mfg. Inc., Johnson Controls, and Yazaki.

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