Originally Posted by hill60
If Apple's headquarters were in China, the abuses would likely be worse as there would have been no requirement to voluntarily bring them to light in the first place.
I don't think there's a requirement for Apple to be open about this, just media pressure, which they could have ignored just as many other manufacturers are doing. Cook was responsible for moving Apple's manufacturing over to China so he will take the criticism more personally:
"We will continue to dig deeper, and we will undoubtedly find more issues," Cook said. "What we will not do - and never have done - is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain. On this you have my word."
He seems genuine enough about it. There are so many employees at these factories that controlling the conditions for every employee is a monumental task.
It should however be easy enough for each manufacturer to deal with the staff that works on their own products.
Originally Posted by muppetry
I somehow doubt that Tim's minimum requirements would represent a realistic target for Apple to provide for Foxconn workers.
Well, the poor guy does have to make do with a $1.9m home when all the other rich kids are splashing out on big mansions (that Ellison is such a showboater - nobody needs that many stairs):http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/01/...s-modest-home/
I don't expect Cook would judge the conditions based on what a CEO making over $1m per year would want but he will have started out in life with a lower income and there are some examples of scenarios that should never happen that Cook would be sensitive to:http://blog.aflcio.org/2012/01/18/wh...hinas-foxconn/
Someone described assembling a part 5,200 times a day. The work is very repetitive leading to hand injuries and is obviously very mundane.
Like I say though, out of 500,000 employees, one story doesn't hold much weight, nor would 1,000. It could be workers that don't even touch Apple products.
As long as Apple monitors workers on their own products and ensures their conditions are adequate, that's all they can do. This includes making sure they are adequately paid relative to living costs in the area and that their working hours are fair.