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Apple continues iPod factory investigation

Despite word from Foxconn that Apple has completed its audit of the Chinese iPod factory, Apple says it continues to investigate the working conditions. “We are still investigating the working conditions at Foxconn’s manufacturing plant in Longhua,” said Apple spokesman Steve Dowling. “This is a thorough audit, which includes employee working and living conditions, interviews of employees and managers, compliance with overtime and wage regulations, and other areas as necessary to insure adherence to Apple’s supplier code of conduct. Apple’s supplier code of conduct sets the bar higher than accepted industry standards and we take allegations of noncompliance very seriously.”

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1

Yeah, now that they got caught they’re “investigating.”  Of course they already said they “investigated” and found nothing wrong.

Apple is just like every other evil company.

Posted by stark23x on July 3, 2006 at 9:41 AM (PDT)

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>Apple is just like every other evil company.

Well, they aren’t quite Union Carbide in Bhopal, they haven’t made Thalidomide and the haven’t crashed the Exxon Valdez (see “Corporate Crime And Violence” by Russell Mokhiber for more examples of vile behavior). They haven’t even lied to bilk millions out of investors like Enron. If you were going to do a scale of evil companies, I’m sure they would rank among the better ones.

Posted by morebinky on July 3, 2006 at 11:12 AM (PDT)

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moreblinky: well, at least you refrained from adding Enron to your list. Apple’s apparent behavior (or lack thereof) in the Foxconn case isn’t surprising, but it does indicate a lack of organizational oversight jboth before AND after contracts were signed with their subcontractor. Their failure to acknowledge any abuses within Foxconn and giving them a clean bill of health only to have Foxconn themselves subsequently contradict Apple’s ‘official’ declaration only puts more scrutiny on Apple and their own policies. All this current damage control is oh so pathetic in that it should’ve never happened to begin with.

You rank ‘evilness’ by the amount of mayhem and destruction a company creates…well, how about the amount of human abuse and person oppression? Does that make a company better than one who was saturating an eco-system with crude oil because the ship’s captain was TOO DRUNK to bother with being on the bridge? This quandry of Apple’s may be primarily Foxconn’s doing, but their apparent lack of oversight and due diligence in their initial investigations earns all the negativity that’s due. When a company seems more eager to suck up to Wall St….let the volleys commence.

I always thought that it was funny when Apple did their deal with Nike (just love THEIR past worker abuse controversies, don’t you?)...given what’s transpired since, it’s almost like a match made in Heav…well, perhaps Hell is the more appropriate locale.

Posted by flatline response on July 3, 2006 at 12:15 PM (PDT)

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Corporations are not evil.  They are designed to conduct business in a manner that brings reward to their investors and customers alike.  Like any other human enterprise, some people who run corporations (Or do anything else for that matter) can be less than saints.

Apple, for whatever reason, has chosen to set a standard of conduct for its suppliers and appears to be serious about enforcing these rules.  Using labor in a foreign land, with different standards than US labor laws, makes enforcement somewhat problematic. Who ultimately is responsible for how workers are treated - the outsourcing corporation or, the country where they are employed?  If condemnation is demanded, I would suggest the current communist Chinese government would be a good place to start.

Posted by Tom on July 3, 2006 at 4:48 PM (PDT)

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Shame Apple don’t insist on their product being assembled by Foxconn in it’s US production facilities in Los Angeles(Cypress), Houston or Kansas City…..

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on July 4, 2006 at 1:46 AM (PDT)

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Apple certainly aren’t alone in having their products assembled overseas, and I’m sure that there are many other products assembled in the exact same conditions, or worse. I’m sure someone thought they were being very clever to concentrate on Apple’s supplier to sell papers, but don’t you think that only Apple would have the PR and financial clout to really do something about it? An increase of $5 in the price of every iPod with that money going to improve the conditions of the workers in the factories (or less preferably, going to move production somewhere with better conditions)? You’re right that companies act in their own best interests above all, but you can see that for Apple, that would be a double whammy - they’re cleaning up the misdeeds of others where no other corporation would.

Posted by Phil Bowman on July 4, 2006 at 3:46 AM (PDT)

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