The New York Times published a shocking story last Wednesday, January 25th, that exposed atrocious working conditions at Chinese manufacturers, including those that produce products for Apple. The story documents various accounts that occurred at the Chinese manufacturer, Foxconn. Such accounts include: fatal chemical explosions that killed or injured over a hundred workers, the exploitation of under-age workers, the improper disposal of hazardous chemicals and toxic waste, excessive work hours, and also poor living conditions for workers. The Times also interviewed former Apple executives who attest that Apple and Foxconn were fully aware of these conditions for at least four years, although they’re still going on. Here is the link to the full article.
Do you believe the allegations are true? Would you ever consider boycotting Apple? Should we even be concerned about where and or how our phones are made? Do you believe this could lead to more manufacturers being exposed?
Sources: Charles Duhigg and David Barboza http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html?pagewanted=all
Steve Kovach http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/31/tech/gaming-gadgets/apple-boycott-commentary/index.html
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