Apple has always been held to an extremely high standard. The quality of its products shows that to be true. Over the past several months, there have been reports of the harsh working conditions at the Foxconn factories where the beloved gadgets are made. Apple did some investigating into the claims and said that the conditions would be improved. Unfortunately, some people don’t feel that the gadget giant has followed through with its promise.
According to a story from Reuters, labor watchdog Student & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour released a claim today stating that the infamous Foxconn factories have not improved working conditions since being investigated.
Reuters had the following to report on its site:
“A fresh report released on Thursday by labor watchdog Student & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), based on visits to several Foxconn factories and 170 worker interviews, found rights violations “remain the norm” including high production targets, inhumane treatment and signs of overall salary cuts.”
This comes as somewhat of a surprise to some, especially considering how Apple tends to try to differentiate itself from the competition in all areas of business. Hopefully there is not much truth to this, but if there is then changes definitely need to be made.
Foxconn Technology Group made the following comment to Reuters after seeing the report:
“The welfare of our employees is without a doubt our top priority and we are working hard to give our more than one million employees in China a safe and positive working environment”
I think I speak for a lot of people in saying that up until the Foxconn scandal, I never really thought exactly about where my iDevice came from. My mind never asked questions that went beyond the genius bar counter at the tech-filled Apple stores. I hope this will cause others, as well as myself, to put more thought into how our products are made. In doing so, it will allow the consumer to hold the manufacturer to a higher standard of business.
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