People would feel upset if he saw where their iPhone comes


A worker at the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen (China). -BLOOMBERG

Apple announces record profits while The New York Times reveals the unsanitary conditions of its Chinese factories

Archive of 2012

A worker at the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen (China). -BLOOMBERG
Examine your smartphone, your tablet or your laptop and check into housing, in small letters, you can read “Assembled in China”. If the answer is yes, it is very likely that your device has been forged in the bowels of Foxconn, the largest supplier of consumer electronics and occupationally sinister place.

An extensive report published yesterday by the New York Times back on the spotlight on a tragedy that jumped all international forums two years ago: the Taiwanese company Foxconn, which employs 1.2 million people in China alone, fails flagrantly labor laws and even assaults the dignity of their workers, for the sole purpose of producing electronic devices as quickly and cheaply as possible. Companies like Apple, Amazon, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Nintendo, Nokia and Samsung benefit from this situation.

Workers fall into depression, suffer serious injury or suicide

Apple well knows, who this week announced a record profit: 13.060 million just in the last quarter of 2011, thanks to the sale of 37 million iPhones (especially 4G) and 15.4 million iPads. While the Californian firm ranks as one of the largest market capitalization in the world, manufacturers of that miracle grimy live in overcrowded homes and work more than 60 hours weekly limit that marks how the Code of Conduct for Suppliers of Apple. The most unfortunate workers suffer humiliating punishments fall into depressions, seriously injured or simply commit suicide.

“We’re trying to make things better, but many people feel really upset if he saw where their iPhone comes,” one former Apple executive to the Daily News. Despite complaints, little has changed in Foxconn. At most, an increase in wages, which to spate of suicides in 2010 stood at 100 euros (200 euros working 12 hours a day).

Last year, Foxconn conducted 229 audits. There were slight improvements in some areas, but has concluded that more than half of employees exceeds 60 hours per week and work more than six days a week. Episodes of discrimination, lack of safety measures, unpaid overtime and other labor violations were the norm. As a result, four employees were killed and 77 wounded in explosions within their facilities.

Foxconn is the world’s largest supplier of electronic equipment
One of the dead was Lai Xiaodong, in charge of the section where the covers are polished aluminum plant in Chengdu, southwest of the country. Although Sacom, a group of Hong Kong against corporate wrongdoing, Apple warned the deplorable state of ventilation on and reminded him of the risk of accident due to aluminum dust, the signature apple chose to ignore. Only two weeks later, in May last year, a tremendous explosion killed Lai and three companions and wounded 18 more.

Ignoring the problem
“If you see the same pattern of problems, year after year, that means the company’s ignoring the issue rather than trying to fix it,” complains another former executive of Apple. In fact, the immaculate code of conduct of the company is constantly breached in Foxconn, although Apple notes that if “a supplier refuses to change,” he breaks up with him. Something that Apple seems not arise in the case of the senior partner in the production of its iPhone and iPad, key to meet the huge global demand for these devices and continue increasing their own profit tool. According to reports a former executive of the Taiwanese company, “as the contract is signed and Foxconn becomes an Apple supplier, is not paying any attention again.”

137 employees were injured by a toxic chemical handling

Besides tolerate own working conditions of the nineteenth century, many independent reports have reported total neglect by the Apple environment. The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs in Beijing in September published a lengthy report accusing all of Apple’s suppliers in China of dumping contaminated waste and heavy metals in the communities surrounding its production, creating a serious threat to public health. The next day, a spokesman for the firm said that Apple was committed “to meeting the highest standards and social responsibility in their supply chain.”

Also last year, the Cupertino company admitted that 137 employees of a factory in the city of Suzhou were seriously injured due to the handling of a toxic chemical used to make ultra-thin glass screens of the iPhone. Another case is that of the section of Chengdu polish Cases where the deadly explosion occurred. Lack of ventilation during months affected thousands of workers by aluminum dust, well recognized toxic. Another giant who supplies Apple, Wintek, suffered a strike in January 2010 because more than one hundred employees lived so exposed continuously to hexane, a neurotoxic hydrocarbon, also by failures in ventilation systems.

Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, said after submitting the report that Apple is far less proactive in investigations other giants. And indeed, although Apple says it is at the forefront, The New York Times quoted an employee of the BSR consultant ensures that Apple is at the bottom of multinationals in terms of pressure on their suppliers, despite the constant ” recommendations “of labor unions and environmental groups.



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