Tim Cook: Apple is Doing More to Improve Workers Conditions Than Anyone Else
By on February 14th, 2012

Once again, Apple has alerted people regarding their workers’s conditions. Lately, Apple’s been getting a lot of flak for  factory working conditions even though they are the only company trying their best to improve the factory conditions. What the media and people forget to mention is that Foxconn and other manufacturers are not just making products for Apple. Yesterday, the company issued a press release announcing  that the FLA had begun inspecting Foxconn’s facilities at Apple’s request.

Today, Tim Cook commented on the situation at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. He said that Apple is doing more than any other company in the industry to improve the working conditions of the factories in the supply chains. Apple’s CEO once again reiterated his point at the conference today.

“The first thing that I would want everyone to know is that Apple takes working conditions very, very seriously. And we have for a very long time. Whether workers are in Europe, or in Asia, or the United States, we care about every worker. I’ve spent a lot of time in factories personally… Many of our top managers and executives visit our factories on a regular basis. And we have hundreds of employees that are based there full time. So we are very closely connected to the production process…

…In terms of problems we are working to fix, you can read the details on our website, but I would tell you that no one in our industry is doing more to improving working conditions than Apple. We are constantly auditing facilities, going deep into the supply chain, looking for problems, finding problems, and fixing problems. And we report everything, because we believe that transparency is so very important in this area.”

I bet even after all of the evidence Apple is giving, they will still continue to be criticized. Why? Because it is the only company that generates attention in the media. Bottom line is that the company is spot on and not lying. They are the only tech company that provides supplier responsibility reports on factory audits, is a member of the Fair Labor Association, and will also be regularly checking in on factories. I’ll be patiently waiting for any other tech company to stand up. Well, that is if they ever will…

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Author: Parth Dhebar
Parth Dhebar is a 18 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of Simple Reviews, a blog focused on reviewing iPhone and iPad applications. Parth is a recognized name in the industry, known for covering Apple news. He is an editor at Techie-Buzz covering news on Apple. You can follow him on Twitter @pdparticle.

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