Video discussion on "horrendous labour conditions" in Chinese factories manufacturing Apple products
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We were as surprised as anyone to learn that Daisey had fabricated part of the story about his personal experiences in China. You may be wondering how this affects the SumOfUs…campaign to improve working conditions in those factories. The most important thing to know is that Daisey is just one of literally dozens of sources who’ve investigated and reported on serious violations of workers’ rights at Apple suppliers…[T]he particular details of Daisey’s odyssey – which workers he did and didn’t meet – are basically beside the point…The important truths are and always have been: Apple workers are routinely forced to work illegally long, exhausting hours for little pay. Conditions in the factories are unsafe, militaristic and miserable. And off the backs of these overworked, underpaid and endangered workers, Apple is pocketing hundreds of dollars in pure profit from each and every gadget they produce.
Author: Tim Culpan, Bloomberg
Foxconn Technology Group, Apple Inc.’s largest supplier and the target of allegations of poor work conditions, welcomed a retraction of a U.S. radio program episode it said was based on lies. “I am happy that the truth prevails, I am glad that Mike Daisey’s lies were exposed. But I don’t think that the reports about this have gone far enough to find out what exactly is the truth,” Louis Woo, spokesman for Taipei-based Foxconn said...The weekly radio program “This American Life” retracted a report on conditions of Chinese workers who construct Apple Inc. products, saying the broadcast contained “errors” and “fabrications.”
Author: Stacy Curtin, Daily Ticker
[T]here is a slighter darker side to Apple, which rarely makes headlines. Mike Daisey…lifelong "Machead", explores both the good and the bad surrounding Apple in his new Off Broadway play appropriately titled, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs."... In the accompanying video, Aaron [Task] and Daisey discuss the "agony" aspect of Apple, which focuses on the reportedly horrendous labor conditions in the Chinese manufacturing plants where some Apple products are made. [refers to Foxconn (part of Hon Hai), HP, Nokia]
Apple is committed to driving the highest standards of social responsibility throughout our supply base. We require that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever Apple products are made...Apple’s approach to supplier responsibility extends beyond our audit program. We empower workers through training, educate factory management, address underlying issues with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and industry groups, and hold suppliers accountable for their practices...Apple continues to drive improvements that make a di∂ erence. In 2010, our supplier responsibility program included the following key activities...
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