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Dyson ATA supplier will work with human rights commission

ByChad J. Johnson

Jan 3, 2022

A Dyson logo is seen on one of the company’s products displayed at an event in Beijing, China September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Malaysian supplier to Dyson, ATA IMS Bhd, will work with the national human rights institution to improve its environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, the manufacturer said on Monday. spare parts.

The electronics manufacturing services company said it would work with Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission, known locally as Suhakam, after Dyson, the company’s biggest customer, broke off its ties to ATA after an audit of its working practices and allegations from a whistleblower. Read more

The British appliance maker’s contract with ATA ends on June 1.

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The ATA said Dec. 7 that it found instances of staff working excessive overtime and took action against a manager who trained employees for a labor audit.

ATA said Suhakam visited its facilities on September 27 to verify forced labor allegations reported by the media, and provided improvement comments for the company’s consideration.

He did not specify what the comments were, but said he set up additional complaint channels for workers, fired an agent who charged workers recruitment fees and improved communication issues at the clinic. company treating workers.

Suhakam confirmed that he will work with ATA to improve their practices.

The ATA also said it “looks forward to working closely with government, the Department of Human Resources and other relevant bodies in its efforts to scale up its ESG and (corporate social responsibility) efforts.”

Malaysia accused the ATA last month of four breaches of labor laws over worker accommodation as it investigated complaints of forced labour. Read more

The ATA called for the charges to be dropped, saying any breaches were caused by “challenges presented during the pandemic.” Read more

Over the past two and a half years, seven Malaysian companies, including the world’s largest glove maker and palm oil producer, have faced US import bans over allegations of forced labor.

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Reporting by Liz Lee, editing by Louise Heavens

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