Tuesday, February 14, 2012
This is better late than never but it leaves open a question of why it wasn't done before. Apple should have had some inkling of how Chinese subcontractor factories are run and how employees were being treated. With that understanding, it should have been aware that it had a potentially explosive situation on its hands. But, when the news came out of working conditions, Apple appeared unprepared and defenseless. Chances are that the company won't let that happen again, but it shouldn't have happened the first time. Globally, companies can no longer take a position that whatever their subcontractors do is "not my problem." That might have worked 15 years or so ago, but not now. The internet is a force for social and cultural change. The third world is no longer isolated from the first and that is all for the good of oppressed workers.