Apple pulls back the curtain on its suppliers

22 February 2012

When SM reported Apple had signed up to be a member of the Fair Labor Association, it was noteworthy, but I didn’t think it was particularly groundbreaking.

After all, it certainly isn’t the first company to start independently auditing its vendors. But such is the tech company’s profile, that its decision to let the US ABC TV show Nightline have a look round the Foxconn factory has generated many digital column inches, with some claiming this is the company’s ‘Nike moment’ – a reference to the controversy faced by the sportswear giant in the nineties around labour conditions. You can watch the report here, and have a look at some of the pictures. Anyone expecting an illuminating exposé will be disappointed, but it is interesting to have a look at these factories and how they operate (when cameras are present, at least).
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