Report: Apple Supplier Flextronics Used Indentured Employees

Bloomberg Businessweek has an in-depth report today alleging that electronics supplier Flextronics used recruiters who charged workers exorbitant fees to place them in Malaysian plants, confiscating their passports and deserting them in employee housing without food when production idled. » 11/07/13 12:40pm 11/07/13 12:40pm

Report: Foxconn Makes College Kids Assemble PS4s to Graduate

Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn was accused of labor violations with the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPad, Nintendo Wii U and just in general. Now, add Sony's PlayStation 4 to the list, with a new report claiming that university interns are staffing overtime and night shifts for credits required to graduate. » 10/10/13 11:32am 10/10/13 11:32am

Samsung Denies New Claims of Underage Workers In Its Supplier Plants

Following allegations that a Samsung supplier used child labor in its factories, and an audit by Samsung which turned up no such thing, the claims are back. According to China Labor Watch there were definitely at least three underaged girls working for Samsung supplier HTNS Shenzhen Co. Samsung says otherwise. » 12/15/12 1:10pm 12/15/12 1:10pm

Samsung Audit: No Child Labor, But So Many Other Problems

After a a Chinese labor watchdog fingered Samsung with child labor allegations, the company set to auditing its entire catalog of factories. Initial results weren't too great, but now the final results are in—and while there's no evidence of child labor, there are plenty more problems to worry about. » 11/26/12 6:18am 11/26/12 6:18am

Is It Immoral to Own an iPhone 5?

So many things are made in China: DVD players, handbags, adorable shoes, kitchen gadgets, watches, t-shirts, laptops, and more. Some of them are made in happy, shiny factories. Some are born out of deplorable labor conditions that ruin and cost lives. We usually don't know which. » 10/25/12 1:20pm 10/25/12 1:20pm

Foxconn Admits Violating Child Labor Laws

Just a week after riots broke out at Foxconn over working conditions at the Chinese plant that manufactures Apple's glorious new iPhone 5, the company is mixed up in another labor imbroglio. This time, it's over the admitted use of child labor. But sheath thy pichforks because Foxconn's not entirely to blame. » 10/16/12 9:43am 10/16/12 9:43am

Foxconn Denies Strikes, Says Everything Is Going Just Fine

Yesterday, reports came in that around 4,000 over-worked and under-paid Foxconn employees began to strike, potentially hitching up iPhone 5 production, the stresses of which had pushed them to the breaking point. According Foxconn, however, everything at the plant in question is just peachy. » 10/06/12 9:39am 10/06/12 9:39am

Foxconn Workers on Strike After iPhone 5 Starts Brawls (Updated)

The underpaid, overworked Chinese workers of Foxconn have had enough, according to a new report by China Labor Watch: thousands have gone on strike over immense iPhone manufacturing pressure and fistfights with their bosses. » 10/05/12 3:26pm 10/05/12 3:26pm

This American Life's Damning Foxconn Report Was Mostly Made Up

This American Life has retracted its episode about working conditions at Foxconn. Apple challenged the veracity of the reporting in the piece when if first ran in January, and in an episode set to air later today, the radio show will confirm that Mike Daisey made up some of the most shocking facts in his story. » 3/16/12 3:20pm 3/16/12 3:20pm

But What's Everyone Else Doing About Labor Conditions?

Apple takes more heat for the labor practices of its suppliers than anybody, but it's largely a victim of its own success in that regard. The biggest spotlight draws the loudest critics. And as Tim Cook has repeatedly pointed out, the company really does make an effort, starting with an independent audit of Foxconn… » 3/10/12 4:00pm 3/10/12 4:00pm

The Foxconn Reality: "Better" Is Still Bad

Week after week we hear Foxconn horror stories, but Apple's gadget metropolis is just one place inside an enormous country. Detractors say it's inhumane; defenders say it's way above the norm. But what does "bad" really mean inside a Chinese factory? Let's put Foxconn in context. » 2/22/12 1:17pm 2/22/12 1:17pm