After months of public pressure and countless articles “exposing” Apple’s supply chain and supposed worker abuses at Foxconn’s city-factories – Nightline (ABC News) is being given access to Apple’s supply chain. The ABC exclusive will air Tuesday, February 21 at 11:35 p.m. ET:
Apple has given “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir exclusive access to their suppliers’ factories in China, amid reports of safety problems, hazardous conditions and underage workers. Weir is the first journalist go inside the factories to see these life changing gadgets get made. He traveled to Shenzhen China to see firsthand what life is like for factory workers, most of whom have never used an iPod, iphone or Apple computer…
The New York Times wrote several articles describing the supposed conditions Foxconn workers lived/worked under and while there hasn’t been an open or un-biased report detailing Apple’s supply chain, the countless articles that followed the NYT’s articles have forced Apple to address the issue. C.E.O. Tim Cook has repeatedly said that:
“Apple takes working conditions very seriously,” said Cook, launching right into a question about how Apple handles working conditions. “We take the conditions of workers very seriously. I worked in factories, I worked at a paper mill. We understand working conditions at a very granular level…”
While Nightline and ABC News have been given this exclusive insider view to Apple’s supply chain, there are still people within the media that see this report as a white-wash, as ABC is a parent Disney company and Disney has an extremely close business/board-member relationship with Apple. I look at this as transparency and the more transparency the better but this should be industry wide – not a witch hunt for the guy on top.