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There's a tremendous opportunity waiting to be grabbed. There's a Wikipedia page waiting to be written. Who will be the first "Fair Trade" tech company? Moving beyond "
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Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer of electronics products for Apple and many others, has reported 9 suicides among its workforce and is fighting allegations of being a sweatshop. 46 suicides at France Telecom, 9 at Foxconn - the human cost of
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China faces new problems with cheap labor - latimes.com Reporting from Beijing — They are the engine behind China's decades-long economic miracle: factory workers earning meager wages to ensure that the nation's exports are sold at unbeatable prices. But a strike at Honda Motor Co. and a rash of worker suicides at one of the world's largest electronic-components plants in recent weeks have highlighted the challenges China will face as it continues to rely on cheap labor. Experts say younger factory workers, having grown up in a time of relative prosperity, will find it increasingly difficult to accept low pay and grueling work hours the way previous generations have.
China factory hit by suicides 10 people have committed suicide this year at China's Foxconn factoryProducts assembled at factory include iPhones, Dell computers, Sony devicesFoxconn has brought in counselors, launched help line, opened stress roomWages of around $300 a month compare favorably with other factories
China finding out even cheap labor has limits - World business- SHANGHAI — Global manufacturers struggling with life-or-death pressures to control costs are finding that the legions of low-wage Chinese workers they rely on have limits. Recent protests and the official response to a spate of suicides at Foxconn Technology, a maker of electronics for industry giants such as Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, suggests China's leaders are at least tacitly allowing workers to talk back. Over the weekend, the top communist party leader in Guangdong province visited Foxconn's sprawling factory where 10 workers have committed suicide and urged the company to adopt a "better, more humane working environment" for its mostly young workers, state media reported.
We probably won’t know what the going market for fair trade electronics is any time soon, and I’m concerned that the zealous, constant fight to have the most inexpensive device with the most functions and gadgets will keep hipsters and the rest of us from taking a stand for devices made fairly. Fair Trade iPods
What Would a Fair-Labor iPod Cost? - Umair Haque - Harvard Busin by Umair Haque | 4:52 PM July 30, 2009 Just how much of a Constructive Capitalist is Apple? There’s been a ton of discussion about Apple’s Chinese suppliers, and their relatively poor labour conditions recently — along the lines of, “enjoy your sweatshop produced iPods, evil Americans.” What’s more interesting is the counter-factual: how much would it cost to produce a “Good iPod”? One not produced in a sweatshop, but under decent labour conditions.