Mark Ames follows up on The Techtopus
) with a new report
showing a much larger conspiracy than has been previously reported: [more inside]
After their annual audit showed a large spike in underage workers, Apple made good on its promise
to take more responsibility for its suppliers.
David Pogue weighed in yesterday
about the Nightline
piece on the terrible working conditions in Apple's subcontractor factories in China.
Mike Daisey has been trying to engage
with Mr. Pogue, but it hasn't gone well.
Here's his final response
to Mr. Pogue's story.
Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe, Disney, Pixar, Intuit and Lucasfilm are facing a lawsuit for their for their "no poaching" agreements (Bloomberg
). [more inside]
In a move
seemingly inspired by the This American Life episode Mr. Daisy and the Apple Factory
), Apple has released a list of its suppliers
(PDF) around the world and is voluntarily allowing a third party to audit the working conditions at those factories and make the results available to the public. The third party will be the Fair Labor Association
, who also monitor Nike, New Balance, and Adidas.
The National Labor Committee
, a watchdog group that investigates working conditions at foreign factories producing goods for US corporations, has released a report on the KYE Factory in Guangdong, China
. KYE manufactures outsourced products for Microsoft (their biggest customer), HP, Best Buy, Samsung, Foxconn, Acer, Logitech, and ASUS. The report focuses heavily on the workers producing Microsoft products
. In response, Microsoft says they will investigate the allegations
, as their vendor code of conduct (pdf)
bans much of the abuses uncovered by the report. Photo Slideshow / NLC report summary [more inside]