“Outraged” Tim Cook: “We care about every worker in our supply chain”

“Outraged” Tim Cook: “We care about every worker in our supply chain”The NY Times this week published an article suggesting that Apple, among others, is guilty of putting production ahead of employee safety. Explosions, suicides, excessive overtime… it’s all in there.

However, an “outraged” Tim Cook – Apple’s CEO and Steve Jobs’ successor – has hit back at the “offensive” allegations, with a rather lengthy email to employees.

Tim writes: “Every year we inspect more factories, raising the bar for our partners and going deeper into the supply chain. As we reported earlier this month, we’ve made a great deal of progress and improved conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers. We know of no one in our industry doing as much as we are, in as many places, touching as many people.

“We are focused on educating workers about their rights, so they are empowered to speak up when they see unsafe conditions or unfair treatment. As you know, more than a million people have been trained by our program.

“We will continue to dig deeper, and we will undoubtedly find more issues. What we will not do — and never have done — is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain. On this you have my word. You can follow our progress at apple.com/supplierresponsibility.”

Phew. You can read the full leaked email over at 9to5Mac. Interesting stuff.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 27, 2012 at 14:16

The NY Times warmongered on behalf of the Bush administration following 9/11 - later they had to admit that they bought into lies and propaganda which they helped to disseminate to millions of people.
That doesn't make Apple's behaviour and attitude any better (remember Jobs comments comparing Foxconn's sweatshop-townships to Club Med holiday centres?)...

But the cherrypickery is just so very boring. And just how many stones fit into a glasshouse?

Treab  Jan. 27, 2012 at 14:24

This just reminds me of those signs in primark saying they don't use child labour or crap labour conditions yet manage to sell clothes for pennies its just pr speak to try to defend their cult

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 27, 2012 at 14:31

This just reminds me of those signs in primark saying they don't use child labour or chest labour conditions yet manage to sell clothes for pennies its just pr speak to try to defend their cult
yep.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 27, 2012 at 14:33

Apple Joins Fair Labor Association

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Apple-Joins-Fair-Labor-Association-246626.shtml

Can't you hear MJ and Steve Jobs singing We are the world ?

Treab  Jan. 27, 2012 at 14:46

Dam predictive text why did my lappy have yo die :( i blame symbian

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 27, 2012 at 15:35

Nice link , why it is only English? Where is Chinese translation? I'm sure every employee of Foxconn speaks english.

Found it on Chinese site by following pictures.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 27, 2012 at 15:37

Nice link , why it is only English? Where is Chinese translation? I'm sure every employee of Foxconn speaks english. ;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2012 at 12:51

Interesting read about labor activist and founder of China Labor Watch, Li Qiang http://news.softpedia.com/news/Labor-Activist-Clarifies-Foxconn-Debacle-250683.shtml

He actually lists Apple as one of the better corporations operating
in China.

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