Last weeks a huge reporting effort by the NY Times kicked off a very important debate on overseas working conditions, focusing around Apple and quoting several former and present day executive saying that Apple’s sole focus is on profitability, and it’s willing to close its eyes on the huge mismanagement of employees in China and other Asian countries where it has its suppliers.
An ex Apple executive made his opinion clear: "Тhe system works for us. Suppliers would change everything tomorrow if Apple told them they didn’t have another choice."
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook swiftly replied to the reports expressing his outrage to Cupertino employees in an email.
"Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us. As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values. It’s not who we are," Cook underlined.
Since then, many have chimed in the discussion, suggesting opinions about Apple forcing its suppliers to have comparatively better employee standards, while others have argued that this is not enough.
If you fall in the latter category, you’re not alone. 40,000 have signed a petition that demands that the new iPhone 5 be made ethically. The petition has a goal of reaching 50,000 supporters and you can join in too, to make this possible faster. And while it might not result in some huge changes, it will definitely give Cupertino a sense of the importance this issue has to users.
Sign "Make the iPhone 5 ethically" petition at SumOfUs [external link]