Response to Apple in China


The facts stated in the podcast relate very well to the case study on Apple practices as well. It is very clear that any for-profit company can and will often input every cost saving measure possible regardless of ethics. The fundamental problem with Apple’s profit driven mindset is that they have used PR to give Americans a sense that the company is focused on the improvement of society, bringing people the newest and coolest technologies to make life better for everyone. To protect this image, they enforce strict secrecy among their employees. The fact that the information regarding their poor practices in their factories in China was leaked was truly inevitable, mainly because their products became so pervasive. It was only a matter of time before someone attempted to delve into their actual practices rather than their PR.

Apple is a powerful company with lots of money and continuous profits. They have the capability to actually accomplish socially responsible goals at little expense, but rather they choose to focus on the company IMAGE rather than their actions. This is a type of green-washing close to the level of lying. It is unclear why the company chooses to maximize profits when they have the capability to be socially responsible and even be a leader in their labor practices at Foxcon. The executives of the company are aware of the labor problems at Foxcon but choose to ignore them because they expect that they have the capability to keep this information from their customers. In turn, they charge a premium for their products. It simply does not make sense.

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2 responses to “Response to Apple in China

  1. I found your blog very interesting. You talk a lot about how it is Apple’s fault and that the blame should be put on them. Do you think that any of the blame should fall on us, the consumers? This information was leaked and we know about it, but still continue to buy the Apple products and support this company. I do agree with everything you said in your blog. I think that a company like Apple with so much money has the capabilities to be socially responsible, and even be a leader in their labor practices. But I also think that educated people like you and I have the capabilities to put an end to this just as easily as Apple can.

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  2. I agree that it is an issue that Apple is very secretive about its business practices, but we also need to take into account the reports that are able to be found directly on their website. Do we think this “transparency” is honest reporting or also green-washed? Mike Daisey noted that some of their reporting states that these manufacturers are not meeting the standards set by Apple, but did not propose a way to change this or expect more of their suppliers.

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