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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."

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