The apple story seem to continue to fascinate people and professionals. Even though that Foxconn is not only producing products for Apple that have become the all-time favorite when it comes to poor ethics management and lack of efficient control systems.
It is quite interesting that people can disregard corporate behavior if the brand of a company is strong enough. Most of my own students use Apple products and they are never surprised when I talk about the ethics record of the company. However, this knowledge does not seem to change their willingness to buy their products. Maybe because there is a wide consensus that most of the production facilities making hardware products in China are more or less branded as being in violation of Labour and Human Rights it does not hit Apple as hard. So while we know that Apple is in violation of these Rights at least we know what they are doing and at least it gives us some idea about their actions.
I received this quite informative infographic from Tony Shin, which I think highlight the case quite good. I know that some of my friends that specialize in Chines working conditions would regards some of theses issues as being quite “normal” and not really seen as a big issue inside China. However, the infrographic from Tony does give a opportunity for customers to gain knowledge about how their consumer goods are produced.
- Apple and Foxconn: When Saying Less Might Be Better (ipkitten.blogspot.com)
- This American Life retracts Apple/Foxconn story (kottke.org)
- Was the New Apple iPad Made Ethically? (mashable.com)
- Mike Daisey’s Apple-Foxconn podcast filled with “significant fabrications” (venturebeat.com)
- ‘This American Life’ Retracts Story On Apple’s Foxconn Factory (inquisitr.com)
- The Daisey drama: The (tarnished) show goes on, but so does scrutiny of labor conditions (blogs.siliconvalley.com)
- Foxconn won’t sue over This American Life Apple blunder (slashgear.com)
- The Foxconn Reality: ‘Better’ Is Still Bad (gizmodo.com.au)
- Foxconn: Media not going ‘far enough’ in Daisey controversy (electronista.com)
- ‘This American Life’ Retracts Apple Critic’s Foxconn Tale (abcnews.go.com)