Tim Cook is striking back to combat reports made by The New York Times about problems in Apple's supply chain that cited Apple as a company who does not care about the plight of its workers.
The Apple Chief Executive sent an email out to his employers calling the claims "patently false," and citing refusal to ever "turn a blind eye" to problems in its supply chain.
According to the Huffington Post: Cook was responding to a report in The New York Times about working conditions at Apple's main contract manufacturer, Foxconn, in China, an issue that for years has been a thorn in the company's side. Apple responded in the past by launching independent audits and publishing the results. Earlier this month, Apple for the first time published a list of all its main suppliers. "What we will not do - and never have done - is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain," he said in the email. "On this you have my word." "Any suggestion that we don't care is patently false and offensive to us," Cook said in the email. The suicides at the plants associated with Apple cast a harsh spotlight on what critics dubbed a militaristic culture that pushed workers to the brink to meet unceasing demand for the company. In response, Apple stepped up the number of facilities it audits, to ensure they meet its code of conduct.
As the mega-power that it is, Apple has a grand moral responsibility to commit to good business practice and ethical treatment of workers in supply chain.
SOURCE: Huffington Post