According to Apple’s reports, Apple has sold more than 590 million iPhones from 2007 to 2014 worldwide. In the third quarter of 2015, iPhone sales accounted for more than 60 percent of Apple’s total revenue, generating more than 31 billion U.S. dollars in revenues. However, 590 million is just the sales volume of iPhone, not includes the iPad, MacBook, and other Apple’s products.
For maintaining such a huge amount of demand, how can Apple deliver it product to consumers on time? As we can see, Foxconn always has its back or more accurately is that Foxconn’s millions of workers have Apple’s back.
According to WSJ, Foxconn has brought on board tens of thousands of new staff recently specifically to assemble the iPhone 7. However, in August, the Wall Street Journal reported about two deaths at the Foxconn production building, at where most of the world’s iPhones and iPads are assembled. This was not the first time the suicide in Foxconn hit the headlines, needless to say, this was not the first time Apple to be blamed due to Foxconn’s stressful and tough working conditions.
June 8, 2010. Protesters picketed Foxconn’s annual general meeting in Hong Kong on Tuesday, accusing both the Apple Inc. supplier and computer giant of poor corporate ethics after a recent spate of suicides at Foxconn factories in mainland China. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The public voice made Apple defended itself by policing its supplier’s conduct, which you can find on the Apple’s official website.
“Facilities in Zhengzhou and throughout our supply chain offer employee assistance programs, designed in conjunction with Apple and available to every worker, to provide access to social services and counselors whenever needed”
They listed four aspects to respond the supplier’s misbehavior:
“We set high standards, then help our suppliers meet them.”
“Workers’ rights are human rights.”
“Preparing people for the workplace and beyond.”
“Respecting the environments we work and live in.”
It’s pretty sure that Apple shouldn’t take the whole responsibility of the death, but Apple can set the example for the rest of world. I mean, Foxconn is the immediate boss of those workers, who are under the management of Foxconn, get paid from Foxconn and lived on Foxconn, no doubt that Foxconn must take care of its employee by improving the working condition. However, driven by high profit and under limited pressure from both government and downstream companies, Foxconn is free from the ethical backlash to some extent.
Apparently, Apple is not the only one company need the supply from it, like what I posted in the last article, Foxconn is also the supplier of BlackBerry, Kindle, and Xbox One etc. But, as the most valuable company in the world and the major customer of Foxconn, the boss’s boss, Apple is able to do more for preventing tragedy happen.
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