27 Feb '12, 4pm

Apple Lifts the Curtain on Chinese Labor and Environmental Manufacturing Practices #apple #environment

Apple Lifts the Curtain on Chinese Labor and Environmental Manufacturing Practices #apple #environment

Employee protests at Apple supplier Foxconn have raised attention to the issue of employment conditions in China. Apple has reacted decisively, engaging the Fair Labor Association to conduct labor conditions audits, and negotiating to allow the environmental watchdog NRDC to access Apple supplier factories . The involvement of third party and NGO organizations in the audit process will significantly increase the transparency of Chinese workplaces. What can and should we expect to see? It is not such an easy question for global corporations doing business in countries experiencing rapid economic and technological growth. On the one hand, the health, safety and environmental standards of large corporations have lead the way to improved practices. On the other hand, questions of wage equity, employee abuses, and environmental disasters plague the outsourcing of jobs to countr...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/apple-lifts-curtain-chi...

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