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Well, it wouldn't hurt Apple's image one bit to help in some visible way to help sort out all the problems at all their factories using some of their massive profits. We all know it's not just Apple that is implicated but they are the big brother in the family and the world looks upon them to take the lead. It's just how it is perceived to be (rightly or wrongly). Apple stated that they have these very stringent audit processes at Foxconn. How did that not pick up this? There is much skepticism around the company Apple uses for these audits. If I was their PRO manager/director I would urge the company to do more visible interventions. It will be cheap and easy to do but with huge profits in sentiments/perceptions.
Possibly because the factory in question does not manufacture anything for Apple.Apple stated that they have these very stringent audit processes at Foxconn. How did that not pick up this?
Every single company that uses Foxconn needs to take a tougher stance - just because Apple happens to be their largest customer does not excuse any of the other customers from getting more involved. Foxconn employs over a million people in MULTIPLE factories, and their other customers have been awfully quiet on Foxconn's policies.The Yantai facility has “no association” with any work Foxconn does for Apple Inc. (AAPL), it said in another e-mail.
From the wiki page...Foxconn is Apple's largest manufacturing partner and makes products for Dell, Sony and Hewlett-Packard among others. It said the Yantai factory was not making Apple products. It made the announcement after investigating Chinese media reports of underage interns among its Chinese workforce of 1.2 million. It said it had found no evidence of similar violations at any of its other plants in China.