EthicaliPhone.org is a project of SumOfUs.org, a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy.
We launched this site to hold Apple accountable to its promises to address working conditions in its Chinese factories. Back in 2006, the media first began reporting on horrible working conditions in Apple's factories. After Verite (an "independent investigation agency") released a report detailing worker abuses in Apple's factories, Apple promised to address the issues.
But little has changed since those 2006 promises were made. And now here we are, with another media spotlight on the issue leading to another report by another "independent investigation agency", the Fair Labor Association, once again revealing what we have already known for years — workers making products for Apple are exposed to dangerous health and safety conditions on a regular basis, and despite working overtime in excess of the legal maximum, can barely support themselves and their families.
As the largest company in the world, Apple has the cash, the centralized supply chain, and the organizational heft to push the Chinese manufacturing industry to change their practices -- and if Apple acts, it could mean a sea change for the entire industry, with workers' rights finally being considered as important as production quotas across the manufacturing sector. No other company can lead like Apple can.
It's time for Apple to demand its suppliers build what its customers really want — ethically-produced iGadgets.