As most of you know, Apple has been catching a lot of flack recently regarding the poor working conditions at some of its overseas manufacturing plants. Last week, protestors delivered a petition with over 250,000 electronic signatures to the company calling for a change.

Tim Cook has already commented on the situation, saying that Apple is doing more than any other company in the industry to improve the working conditions of the factories in its supply chains. And today, the CEO reiterated the point at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference…

“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.”

What Cook is saying is spot on. Apple has carved out a section of its website, named Supplier Responsibility, specifically for reports on factory audits. The company has also recently joined the Fair Labor Association, who will also be regularly checking in on Apple’s factories.

So what are Sony, Nintendo, Amazon, and Microsoft doing to change working conditions in China? They all use Foxconn to produce their products as well. Where are their petitions?

  • Let’s not praise Apple just yet

  • Anonymous

    Why should Apple or any company do anything at all, it’s business and surely it’s for the Chinese government to protect workers and their rights .. The Chinese have 1 of the biggest economies in the world, amongst the worst workers and human rights and they are 1 of the biggest contributors to global warming and climate change yet it seams everybody but them have to make up for their greed and shortcomings with regard to rights … Maybe i’m being unfair but I doubt it lol

  • Anonymous

    CEO’s are so out of touch with what regular people go through. Even most Americans (myself included) don’t know how bad it is in these factories.

    If he wants to really take a step forward impose a minimum wage that all suppliers/manufacuters must pay their employees to get contracts from Apple. And don’t raise the price of your products take a cut out of some your fat cat salaries. Yea maybe you’ll have to settle for G5 private jet nstead of a G6 or 60′ yacht instead of a 72′ but you’ll improve the quality of life for thousands of your workers.

    Just because your doing more than everyone else doesn’t mean your doing good and that you shouldn’t be held accountable.

    • Imahottguy

      Thank you! My thoughts exactly.

  • sn0wbaLL

    what bugs me is that this should be all company’s not just Apple. ppl with comments below are too ignorant to understand that all the stuff they own comes from hard unfair labor over seas

  • It’s fine that Apple should do better as they have the means, but what this article shows more is how much of a dicks we are that we didn’t really knew or cared about where our electronics came from before apple’s succes.

    So basically the media ran with it and we just love to follow. With that in mind, pretty much anyone hasn’t got the merit to complain, it’s not the way to relieve your guilt, go donate something instead.