Read the case provided herein, Apple’s sweatshop case, discuss about the following up for Apple to do. 150-250 words
The answers include (1)impact on Apple’s public image (2) any better way to increase local employees’ right (3) how to increase corporate social responsibility (4) criticism on current trends of companies looking for low wage and eligible work forces abroad. High-Tech’s “Sweatshop” Wake-Up Call:Allegations of sweatshop conditions at Chinese plants making Apple’s iPods put pressure on Big Tech to be more vigilant about overseas workers’ treatment: On June 11, the British tabloid Mail on Sunday published an article citing sweatshop-like conditions at the Chinese factories where some of Apple Computer’s iPods are made. Then came the reaction from Apple (AAPL) headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. “Apple is committed to ensuring that working conditions in our supply chain are safe, workers are treated with respect and dignity, and manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible,” the company said in a June 14 statement. “We are currently investigating the allegations regarding working conditions in the iPod manufacturing plant in China.” No doubt, that’s true. As strong as Apple’s brand is, the company can’t afford to have its affluent customers wondering if the company is profiting from human suffering. Still, the article and Apple’s response to it are a wake-up call that the tech industry as a whole needs to get serious about ensuring that its suppliers and manufacturing partners maintain decent working conditions. Burrows, P. (2006, June 14).High-Tech’s “Sweatshop” Wake-Up Call, Bloomberg Busienssweek, Retrieved from:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2006-06-14/high-techs-sweatshop-wake-up-call Further reading on this topic: Fixing Apple’s “Sweatshop” Woes Apple is probing conditions at a contract iPod plant in China. What it should do is build its own factory and set an example to the world By Arik Hesseldahl June 28, 2006, 9:00 PM PDT Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of the German empire, once smartly compared laws to sausages, observing that anyone fond of either should never see them being made. The same might be said for many consumer products such as clothing. Fancy new clothes may look nice, but if you were to drop in unannounced at the factory where they’re made, more often than not you would be hard pressed to describe the working conditions
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