Apple Agrees to Pollution Audit in China, Report Says
Apple will participate in a jointly monitored audit with the Institute of Public and Environment Affairs to look into the pollution controls at factories owned by an Apple supply partner in China.
The Financial Times reported on Sunday that Apple appears to be taking more interest in addressing environmental concerns in its supply chain and has agreed to subject its partner—a maker of printed circuit boards—to an inspection of the latter’s operations in the “next few weeks.”
Apple, once again doing far more than any other technology company to improve conditions in China. I’m sure the Apple-bashers will still find something to complain about. I’ll even throw out some examples for you to begin with - They should be doing more! What, only one partner? Why aren’t they staffing those Chinese factories with American workers? Why isn’t Apple forcing the Chinese government to improve pollution standards in the entire country?
You get the idea…
Sooner or later, I’m hoping that someone will frame the discussion of Chinese labor conditions as an industry-wide problem instead of an issue that exists solely and completely because of Apple. Last time I checked, there were quite a few other companies making money from gadgets they assembled in China.