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Apple CEO Cook Tours Foxconn Factory

Posted on April 2, 2012
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Apple CEO Timothy D. Cook may not have hands-on experience in developing the company’s iDevices like his late predecessor, but he surely did something Steve Jobs never did in his lifetime: visiting Apple’s supplier factory in China.

Last week, Cook toured one of Foxconn’s many factories in Mainland China that churn out the iPods, iPhones, and iPads of different generations. After the visit, the Apple-commissioned audit criticized the factory’s long hours and dangerous working conditions.

In response, Foxconn promised to reduce working hours at its factories and increase wages for its assembly line workers.

Auditing Apple’s supplies was never Jobs’ cup of tea, according to a former Apple executive interviewed by New York Times, but the former Apple CEO was outraged over more serious labor issues such as use of child labor.

Labor rights advocates laud Cook in his efforts to significantly change how Apple products are made, which treads along his expertise in manufacturing operations and supply chain. They, however, doubt that the report about condition in Foxconn factories would lead to beneficial improvements for its workers, citing that earlier promises had yet to be fulfilled.

Source: New York Times

Photo credit: Bowen Liu/Apple, via Bloomberg News

 
 

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