For past one month, Apple is being criticized over the inhuman conditions of workers in Chinese factories operated by its partner Foxconn. Last week, protestors from different parts of the world delivered a petition with over 250,000 electronic signatures to Apple, urging it to improve the conditions.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple cared employees all over the world. Cook said that Apple was doing more than any other company in the industry to improve the working conditions of the factories in its supply chains. Recently, Cook reiterated the point at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference:
“The first thing that I would want everyone to know is that Apple takes working conditions very, very seriously. And we have for a very long time. Whether workers are in Europe, or in Asia, or the United States, we care about every worker. I’ve spent a lot of time in factories personally… Many of our top managers and executives visit our factories on a regular basis. And we have hundreds of employees that are based there full time. So we are very closely connected to the production process…
…In terms of problems we are working to fix, you can read the details on our website, but I would tell you that no one in our industry is doing more to improving working conditions than Apple. We are constantly auditing facilities, going deep into the supply chain, looking for problems, finding problems, and fixing problems. And we report everything, because we believe that transparency is so very important in this area.”
Apple has carved out a section of its website, named Supplier Responsibility, specifically for reports on factory audits. Apple has also recently joined the Fair Labor Association, who will also be regularly checking in on Apple’s factories by sending officials for inspection.
Ironically, nobody is talking about the working conditions provided by Sony, Nintendo, Amazon, and Microsoft in China? They all use Foxconn to produce their products as well. No online petition to be sent for them. Even a senior labor activist in China says that conditions provided by Apple and Foxconn are far better than conditions provided by other companies.
Source: iDownload Blog