It is disturbing to read the reports of worker problems in Chinese plants that manufacture Apple products. Yet, the problems are not new, they are not limited to Apple contracted facilities, nor are they ignored by Apple.
I published an article on MacMost.com today about the problem that focuses more on the news reaching “critical mass,” than the gory details of the mess. You can find my article, “Apple in China and Where We Get Our News, ” from this link.
After reading a number of rather depressing articles, I chose a few that you should peruse, if you want to delve deeper into the problems faced by Apple. Sometimes charts are easier to digest, and the New York Times offers a series of those too: “Apple’s Suppliers Compliance by the Numbers.”
If you have other suggestions, please add them to the Comments below.
Background on Apple, US Policy, and Chinese Plant Problems
- Apple. “Supplier Responsibility at Apple.” 2012.
- Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher. “How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work.” The New York Times, 1/21/12.
- Charles Duhigg and David Barboza. “In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad.” The New York Times, 1/25/12.
- Garside, Juliette. “Apple’s Chinese factories to be audited after violation of working conditions.” Guardian News and Media Limited, 1/24/12.
- Gurman, Mark. “Tim Cook responds to claims of factory worker mistreatment: ‘We care about every worker in our supply chain.’” 9 to 5 Mac, 1/26/12.
- Chan, Royston. “Chinese factory workers appeal to Apple over health worries.” The China Post, 2/23/11.
- Kan, Michael. “Odor from Apple supplier factory in China unbearable, residents say.” IT World, 10/18/11.
- Lum, Thomas, Specialist in Asian Affairs. “Human Rights in China and U.S. Policy.” Congressional Research Service, 7/18/11. (Opens a PDF)
- Musgrove, Mike. “Sweatshop Conditions at IPod Factory Reported.” The Washington Post, 6/16/06.
- Worstall, Ken. “The Apple Boycott: People Are Spouting Nonsense about Chinese Manufacturing.” Forbes, 1/29/12.