The way we think of our electronic gear is amazing. We all want the latest and greatest as soon as possible and certainly as cheap as can be. However in order to get that accomplished it just so happens to take some unusually disturbing realities that some people call life.

I’m not holier than thou, in fact I own multiple devices from the very factory of focus here. Business Week took a visit of the place where our iPhones are built. They wanted to see how Foxconn headquarters were doing after their unpleasant suicide issue. 

The full report is a few pages long and far too intricate to report in just a few paragraphs. After Foxconn went under public scrutiny for several employee suicides they bumped up salaries and tried to present a transparent image for those looking in. Slave labor and people dying is the reality that is this company’s past.

Apple isn’t the only person benefiting from Foxconn’s labor even though the company pumps out 137,000 iPhones per day. IBM, Microsoft, Sony and many other highly lucrative clientele are among the Chinese part maker’s address book.

Do we demand too much too fast? Or would this sort of thing go on regardless of how many you or I buy? Let us know if any of this bothers you, even a little bit.

  • Francesco


  • Mac

    People wants to much to fast
    and the companies owners wants to much
    money to fast that s end up as a big
    stress for employers

  • Fatherdaddy

    “The misery of being exploited by capitalists is nothing compared to the misery of not being exploited at all” -Economist Joan Violet Robinson

  • Ramgoofy

    This is a problem Foxxconn needs to address… I don’t feel one bit of remorse for the factory workers. If Foxxconn can’t keep up with the demand, hire more forkin’ people and open more factories. I shouldn’t have to be concerned with how or who made my phone. That’s not my problem.

  • October

    I doubt very seriously Apple’s need to keep costs low has anything to do with consumer interest, or any company for that matter. I really feel companies want to go above and beyond lowering their bottom line so they can keep their profits well above positive… There is no reason to use unhealthy components or exploit slave labor…

    Would consumers really choose buying a $200 iPhone w/ health dangers built by slaves over a $300 one built with integrity?? Just an example, but if this is the case clearly we aren’t given the choice…

  • Bc

    I’m reading this on my iPhone on my toilet

    • Joel

      Me too…

  • Moe

    It’s the same story with any other FMCG – including the clothing industry. Rememer Nike’s use of sweatshops? It’s the story of stuff and unfortunately someone somewhere will suffer the consequences in such a fast-paced market. I blame apple though – they should take their partners timelines into account before promising the world. It’s not apple’s duty to look after partner’s employees but it is their business that would get partners to overlook the welfare of employees to meet demand.

    And after all, when sh*t hits the fan, apple’s name gets dragged through the mud regardless.

  • Jason masters

    It is a good thing it forces people into upward mobility mode and thats good for all people!

  • Mac

    Apple should help those poor people
    if apple donate $1000 for each
    employee =$3330.000 next time
    those people will build the best iPhone
    ever to turn the favor

  • Scott

    Corporations demand the highest amount of product for the lowest price and they turn around and add a 1000% markup for maximum profit and the workers are the ones to bare the pain. But really the problem lies within the companies producing the products because they have the right to refuse a work order offer. They could name their own price for their service but risk getting turned down. Even if we paid more for the product or apple took a lower profit the workers wouldn’t see any increase in pay since the manufacturing companies refuse to pay their employees a fair wage and want to maximize their profit as well. So, why throw away our economy to send them extra money when it’s just going to benefit their rich and take away from our society.