ABOUT US

CHINA LABOR WATCH

WHO WE ARE

Founded in 2000, China Labor Watch (CLW) is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Over the past 20 years, CLW has collaborated with unions, labor organizations, and the media to conduct in-depth assessments of factories in China that produce toys, bikes, shoes, furniture, clothing, and electronics for some of the largest multinational brand companies. CLW’s New York office creates reports from these investigations, educates the international community on supply chain labor issues, and pressures corporations to improve conditions for workers.

MISSION

We work towards increasing transparency of supply chains and factory labor conditions in China, advocate for workers’ rights, and support the Chinese labor movement.

VISION

We view Chinese workers’ rights as inalienable human rights.
We are dedicated to workers’ fair share of economic development under globalization.

CHINA LABOR WATCH IN NUMBERS

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YEARS OF ACTIVISM
1 M+
WORKERS IMPACTED
1 K+
WORKERS TRAINED
1 +
ASSESSMENTS CONDUCTED
1 +
REPORTS PUBLISHED
1 +
FEATURES IN MEDIA

U.S. Staff & Board of Directors

Li Qiang – Founder and Executive Director

Li Qiang

Li Qiang
Illustration by Nigel Buchanan              Source: The Wire China

Before moving to the United States in 2000, Li Qiang played a leading role in organizing networks of labor activists, researching factory labor conditions, and conducting worker education and legal assistance programs in China. Since founding CLW in 2000, he has led the organization to become a well-trusted source of information on Chinese labor conditions, the labor movement, and corporate supply chains in China. CLW’s investigative reports regularly appear in publications like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, and others. Li Qiang maintains close contact with activists, academics, and other colleagues in China and has guided programs at CLW aimed to directly assist workers and activists through training and advocacy. Li Qiang has testified on Chinese labor rights in the U.S. Congress four times. He also has contributed opinion pieces to China Youth Daily, South China Morning Post, Nanfeng Chuang, and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and has been interviewed and referenced in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, and others. In 2004, Li Qiang served as a visiting scholar at The Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.

More about Li Qiang

Brutus Li – Legal Advisor

Brutus Li graduated from Yale University with a degree in International Affairs and from New York University with a J.D. Mr. Li has extensive experience in the human rights field.

Dorothy J. Solinger, Board Member

Dr. Solinger is Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Irvine.

William J. Hurst, Board Member

Dr. Hurst is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.

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