Items tagged with Shenzen

Concerns over the working conditions in the Chinese factories that pump out our beloved electronics--particularly those electronics with the Apple logo emblazoned upon them--have certainly been raised before, but an episode of the radio show “This American Life” back in January sparked very focused interest on the subject. TAL brought in Mike Daisey to convert his one-man show about the working conditions in Apple's Shenzen factories and other locations into a compelling radio program, which generated enough attention that major media outlets such as the New York Times looked into it.... Read more...
Apple recently took a PR hammering after the New York Times published a report claiming that labor conditions at the company's Chinese partner Foxconn continued to be poor--and that Apple knew about it and chose to do nothing. CEO Tim Cook blasted the allegations at the time, but has followed up nonetheless. Apple announced today that the Fair Labor Association will conduct "special, voluntary audits" of Foxconn facilities in Shenzhen and Chengdu. Unlike the suicides of 2009-2010, the recent accusations of poor monitoring relate to aluminum dust explosions at two Foxconn factories in May and December... Read more...