Apple CEO Steve Jobs' reputation could be tarnished by human rights & environmental legacy, says Christine Bader

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8 September 2011

Is Steve Jobs the Next John Browne?

Author: Christine Bader, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Univ., in Huffington Post [USA]

Steve Jobs is one of the most admired CEOs of all time...But following...Jobs's announcing his retirement was the latest in a series of revelations of how Apple has inflicted serious harm on people and the environment...[also refers to Amoco, Arco (both now part of BP), HP, Nike, Foxconn (part of Hon Hai)]

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31 August 2011

Chinese Environmental Group Criticizes Apple

Author: Loretta Chao, Wall Street Journal

Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs, said the Beijing-based advocacy group found polluted water and was told of hazardous gas in areas surrounding plants in China believed to be Apple suppliers. In a report on its findings Wednesday, the IPE called Apple "stubbornly evasive" and said its refusal to discuss suppliers "can only be seen as a deliberate refusal of responsibility" for environmental issues... Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said the company "is committed to driving the highest standards of social responsibility throughout our supply base" and that it requires that suppliers "use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever Apple products are made." She declined further comment.

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