05 October 2011

An Ethically-Challenged Apple?

An ethically-challenged Apple?
  • Apple admits child labour was used to build iPods and iPhones in Chinese factories (Daily Mail, 27 February 2010)

    Technology giant Apple has admitted that child labour has been employed at some of the factories that build its iPods, computers and mobile phones. An audit found that at least eleven 15-year-old children were found to be working in three factories that supply Apple in the last year. It said that child workers were now no longer being used at the sites, or were no longer underage.

  • Steve Jobs Ignored Poisoned Workers' Plea for Help at Apple Factory, by Ray Downs (The Christian Post, 1 September 2011)

    Two years ago, workers at a factory in Suzhou, China, were poisoned when Taiwanese electronics supplier Wintek, which was working under contract with Apple to make the touchscreens, replaced alcohol with N-hexane in the manufacturing process to speed up production. Prolonged exposure to N-hexane has been known to cause damage to the central nervous system, and when workers affected by the chemical wrote to Jobs, asking him for help in medical treatment and compensation for lost wages, they allegedly never heard back from anybody at Apple, much less Jobs.

  • The Dark Side of Apple: One Man's Monologue of Misery, by Asher Moses (Sydney Morning Herald, 30 September 2011)

For the past 15 months or so Daisey been touring the world stunning audiences with his two-hour tale of the appalling conditions and underage labour that goes into making our iPhones, iPods and iPads. The show, the Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (review), has been running since Saturday at the Sydney Opera House and is due to conclude on Sunday.