Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well trodden corridors into the valley of steel
Computer and consumer electronics giant Apple admitted for the first time that it is involved in a number of scandals in
. Local Chinese factories that produce the iPhone on behalf of Apple, violated labour and safety rules. In one of those cases 137 employees got poisoned as a consequence of using a cleaning agent containing an illegal chemical substance. In another factory 12 workers committed suicide due to the unbearable pressure of work China
In 2010, we learned that 137 workers at the
facility of Wintek, one of Apple’s suppliers, had suffered adverse health effects following exposure to n-hexane, a chemical in cleaning agents used in some manufacturing processes. We discovered that the factory had reconfigured operations without also changing their ventilation system. Apple considered this series of incidents to be a core violation for worker endangerment. Suzhou
We required Wintek to stop using n-hexane and to provide evidence that they had removed the chemical from their production lines. In addition, Apple required them to fi x their ventilation system. Since these changes, no new workers have suffered difficulties from chemical exposure.
Like many of our customers and others around the world, we were disturbed and deeply saddened to learn that factory workers were taking their own lives at the Shenzhen facility of Foxconn. […]
Apple commissioned an independent review by a broader team of suicide prevention experts. This team was asked to conduct a deeper investigation into the suicides, evaluate Foxconn’s response, and recommend strategies for supporting workers’ mental health in the future.
During July 2010, the independent team:
• Surveyed more than 1000 workers about their quality of life, sources of stress, psychological health, and other work-related factors. The team designed the questionnaire, delivered and collected it, and tabulated the results without Foxconn’s involvement.
• Interviewed workers face to face, met separately with their managers, and evaluated working and living conditions firsthand.
• Reviewed the facts of each suicide and the known circumstances behind them.
• Evaluated Foxconn’s management of the crisis, assessing the effectiveness of counseling services and emergency response systems