Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical Working Conditions

February 8, 2012 -

According to this VentureBeat report some customers are so upset over Apple using Chinese labor to assemble their products under substandard working conditions that they have decide to protest with a petition. This effort isn't just a handful of people either - a group of consumers will deliver a petition signed by 250,000 customers to the company's store at Grand Central Station in New York City tomorrow and in other locations around the globe.

Petitioners are asking Apple to make the iPhone 5 its first product produced under entirely ethical working conditions.

“I have been a lifelong Apple customer and was shocked to learn of the abusive working conditions in many of Apple’s supplier factories,” said Mark Shields, the Apple customer and fan who launched the campaign, in a statement today.

Recent audits of the company's choices for assembling its products found factories using child labor, slave labor, and engaging in other abuses. While Apple says that it is working to eradicate unfair labor practices and has educated more than a million employees at manufacturing partners around the world, the fact is that Apple's various products were built in grueling and sometimes inhumane working environments.

“At Foxconn, one of Apple’s biggest manufacturers, there is a history of suicides, abusive working conditions, and almost no pay. These working conditions are appalling, especially for Apple,” Shields concluded. “Apple’s attention to detail is famous, and the only way they could fail to be aware of dozens of worker deaths, of child labor, of exposure to neurotoxins is through willful ignorance,” said Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, executive director of SumOfUs, a consumer community focused on corporate responsibility.

The petition will be delivered to stores in New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney, Bangalore, and Washington, DC. You can find out more about it by visiting sumofus.org.

Source: VentureBeat, Image Credit: Shutterstock.com.

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Re: Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical ...

In unrelated news, the iPhone 5 will cost $2,000, with a contract.  Apple Consumers cry foul.

Re: Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical ...

Hah! Exactly the thought I had.

Re: Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical ...

Ignoring the fact that Apple's sweatshops are probably better to work in than the other options.

Re: Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical ...

Yeah, this is the bit I am finding amusing about this... bashers have been applying a standard to Apple that they do not seem to apply to any other company.

Re: Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical ...

Yes that's what annoys me about the apple bashing. Yes its right to criticize apple for its practices, but it seems like apple is the ONLY company who is criticized. Just about EVERY company involved in electronic products use similar conditions; hell sometimes the conditions are even worst and yet apple is the only company ever criticized. People bash apple while using computers that were in part built using the same labor practices and then going out to buy new phones and other mp3 players that were also built under these conditions.

Re: Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical ...

Could I just laugh at this? It's also humorous that some people yearn for "Handmade things like in the past". Technically most electronics are hand made.

Re: Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical ...

Please correct me if I'm wrong but from what I've seen through pictures and a couple other articles, the working conditions don't seem bad at all. You might recall the incident a few years back of a worker who forgot to delete the pictures of the plant after testing the camera. The place was clean and looked relatively safe and the workers didn't seem to hate working there.

Plus I believe the iPhone 5 won't ever exist. This could push it farther into not existing.

Re: Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical ...

All those pictures can show you is that its clean. They can't tell you about how workers are treated. Like how their work days tend to be ATLEAST 12 hours long (sometimes longer) and work 6 days a week. There have been stories where laborers were woken up in the middle of the night so they could get working. The fact that the work is repetitive helps make the days feel even longer. These long hours also make it difficult for workers to spend any time with family. And they do this all for only $200-300 per month.

Re: Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical ...

Then Apple will SAY it's being built without sweatshop labor while using sweatshop labor, and all the apple fanboys are going to buy it regardless of what Apple does.

 
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