Home appliances manufacturer
Established 60 years ago, exports global home appliance brands of Gorenje and Asko (which was acquired in 2010), as well as regional brands to more than 90 countries. Also has Portfolio Investments including ecology-related services, toolmaking, engineering, catering and trade. Gorenje brand household appliances were introduced into Australia in 2014. Acquired by Hisense in 2018.
| Hisense Co Ltd
owns 100% of Gorenje dd
| Government of the People's Republic of China
owns 100% of Hisense Co Ltd
In 2015 Gorenje was recognised by Hungarian agency E.ON as the most energy saving brand, winning the Energy Saving Award in different categories as many as eight times in the past six years.
Source: company website (2015)
This company has corporate social responsibility claims on its website in the areas of treatment of workers, product safety, responsible environmental management and community support.
Source: company website (2016)
|Hisense Co Ltd|
The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including brands owned by this company. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute's 2020 report estimates (somewhat conservatively) that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred out of Xinjiang to work in factories across China between 2017 and 2019, and some of them were sent directly from detention camps.
Source: ASPI (2020)
F grade in the Baptist World Aid Australia's Behind the Barcode 'Ethical Electronics Guide 2016', which grades companies on their efforts to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation throughout their supply chains. Assessment criteria fall into four main categories: policies, traceability & transparency, monitoring & training and worker rights.
Source: Baptist World Aid Australia (2016)
This company received a score of 10.1/100 (retrieved 10-Oct-2020) in the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for evaluating supply chain practices in China, particularly in regards to environmental management and water pollution. Scores are calculated using government compliance data, online monitoring data, and third-party environmental audits, as well as trends in the environmental performance of factories in the company's supply chains.
Source: IPE (2020)
|Government of the People's Republic of China|
Amnesty International has documented widespread human rights violations in China during 2011. An estimated 500,000 people are currently enduring punitive detention without charge or trial, and millions are unable to access the legal system to seek redress for their grievances. Harassment, surveillance, house arrest, and imprisonment of human rights defenders are on the rise, and censorship of the Internet and other media has grown. Repression of minority groups, including Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongolians, and of Falun Gong practitioners and Christians who practice their religion outside state-sanctioned churches continues. While the recent reinstatement of Supreme People's Court review of death penalty cases may result in lower numbers of executions, China remains the leading executioner in the world.
Source: Amnesty Intl (2012)
This 2012 report by Human Rights Watch documents a wide-range of criticisms of the Chinese government's human rights record from events of 2011.
Source: Human Rights Watch (2012)
Source: Wikipedia with links (2011)
|Revenue||1.2 billion EUR (2015)|
|Subsidiaries||Asko Appliances AB
Asko Appliances (Aust) Pty Ltd
Products / BrandsAsko Australia
Asko Fridges & Freezers
Asko Ovens & Cooktops
Asko Washing Machines & Dryers
Gorenje Fridges & Freezers
Gorenje Ovens & Cooktops
Gorenje Washing Machines & Dryers