05 Feb '12, 4pm

#Apple’s China problem–and ours | new blogpost #csr

#Apple’s China problem–and ours | new blogpost #csr

Nor is the problem of harsh, unsafe working conditions limited to Foxconn or even the electronics industry. Problems abound in the apparel and toy industries, too, as well as in mining, farming, fishing and construction. [See Walmart: A Bully Benefactor at Fortune.com for my story about Walmart's work to prevent child labor on cotton farms in Uzbekistan]. Last summer, Nike admitted that “nearly two-thirds of the 168 factories making Converse products fail to meet Nike’s standards for contract manufacturers,” according to this story by Good Guide’s Dara O’Rourke , who as a graduate student working in Vietnam in 1997 turned a spotlight on Nike’s use of child labor. In its most recent corporate-responsibility report, Gap says that between 10 and 25% of its suppliers in south China don’t comply with child labor laws, don’t pay overtime as required and don’t provide one day off...

Full article: http://www.marcgunther.com/2012/02/05/apples-china-proble...

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