07 Feb '12, 3pm

The Bigger Picture Behind Apple's China Problem

The Bigger Picture Behind Apple's China Problem

More than a decade after the Nike scandals of the late 1990s exposed terrible working conditions in the Asian factories where most of our stuff is made, has anything changed? To be sure, in the years since, most U.S. brands -- not just footwear and apparel companies like Nike, Timberland and Gap, but corporate giants like GE and Walmart -- have assumed responsibility for human rights and environmental problems throughout their supply chains. But are conditions any better for the workers? Those questions are front-page news these days, literally, in The New York Times, which has published two long and extraordinary stories about Apple and its supply chain in China. [See How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work and especially In China, Human Costs are built into an IPad .] The Apple-in-China story is also brought to life by Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory , a lively, provocativ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/02/07/bigger-picture-be...

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