Chinese Environmentalists Target Apple

Published by: The Claw on 20th Jan 2011 | View all blogs by The Claw
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Chinese Environmentalists Target Apple

Chinese environmental advocates have called out Apple for failing to address concerns over pollution and the health of workers at its plants that manufacture its many trendy gadgets like iPhones and iPads.  In a new report, the advocates say that Apple ranked dead last in a survey of how 29 multinational technological companies respond to inquiries about workplace hazards and pollution at their factories in China.

The study was conducted over a span of about a year and was aimed at pressuring the companies to be more accountable for their impact on China's environment.  “Apple has broken its promise on three aspects of supply-chain social responsibilities,”  said the report.  “On Apple's supply chain, some workers were poisoned and disabled, neighborhoods and communities were polluted while there were severe infringement of workers' rights, interest and dignity," it continued.

Several companies were commended for their efforts in the report, including Hewlett-Packard, Alcatel-Lucent, Samsung, Toshiba, Sharp and Hitachi.  Nokia, LG, and Sony, meanwhile, joined Apple towards the bottom of the rankings.

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