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.