It's Time to Rethink Chinese Tech Manufacturing
Feb 25, 2011, 03:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Elgan)
"I love my iPhone 4. It's sleek, elegant, durable and very high
quality. But after reading a recent report by Apple, I started
thinking about the workers who make the gadgets and computers in
our lives. Were they children coerced into lying about their age by
their own schools? Were the workers poisoned with illegal
industrial chemicals? What's my responsibility in all this? After
all, we chose to buy the devices we love in part because they're
both affordable and high quality. Is all that made possible by the
pain of abused factory workers?
"Worse, it has become clear to me that, despite promises of
reform by all concerned, the problems of Chinese manufacturing are
not going to get better any time soon.
"Apple Finds Factories Rotten to the Core
"Last week, Apple released a document called The Supplier
Responsibility 2011 Progress Report, in which they detailed
findings of a series of audits of factories that make Apple
hardware. Apple also laid out their intentions in the report for
addressing the problems they discovered."