Sign our petition to Apple
"The quality of working conditions matters as much as the quality of your products. Make the iPhone and your other products ethically.
Every day, tens of millions of people will swipe the screens of their iPhones to unlock them.On the other side of the world, a young girl is also swiping those screens. In fact, every day, six days a week, she repetitively swipes tens of thousands of them during her 10+ hour shift. She spends those hours inhaling potentially toxic chemicals that are never disclosed to her, in a building that may explode at any moment because basic safety precautions have been overlooked.
Sound like a nightmare? According to recent reports and Apple's own audits, scenarios like this have been all too real in Apple's Chinese supply chain.
In many cases, people are dying while making Apple products. Reporters have documented deadly explosions at iPad factories, and repeated instances of employees dying of exhaustion after working 60-hour weeks and 34-hour continuous shifts. In some of the factories Apple contracts with, so many employees have attempted suicide that management has installed nets to prevent employees from leaping to their deaths. Even the latest investigations by the Fair Labor Association haven't resulted in measurable improvements in workers' lives.
Can Apple fix this? Absolutely. Apple is the richest company in the world, posting a record-breaking gross profit margin for the last quarter of 45.7%. According to an anonymous former Apple executive quoted in the New York Times, all Apple has to do is demand it, and it'll happen - "Suppliers would change everything tomorrow if Apple told them they didn't have another choice."
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.
Will you join us in calling for Apple to fix working conditions so we can know our iGadgets are made ethically?