Apple Consumers Demand iPhone 5 Be Built Under Ethical Working Conditions

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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