Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

iPhone Owners Protesting at Apple HQ Over Foxconn

By - Source: Business Insider | B 59 comments

Protestors plan to march into Apple's HQ and select stores nationwide wearing iPhone outfits.

Thursday at 10 a.m. local time (doesn’t matter what zone), customers plan to waltz into Apple's headquarters and stores located in Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney and Bangalore. Their mission: to deliver petitions signed by 250,000 people asking the company to develop a worker protection strategy for those constructing iPhones in its Chinese supplier factories. The signatures were collected by Change.org and SumOfUs.org.

By swarming into Apple's HQ and stores, protestors believe they represent the voice of every Apple customer. As of this writing, 56,464 have signed the SumOfUs petition, more than 35,000 of which purchase Apple products. Out of this latter group, 20,00 own an iPhone. On the Change.org front, 194,999 out of 200,000 people have signed D.C.-based Mark Shields' petition.

"I use an iPhone myself. I love it, but I don’t love having to support sweatshops, and neither do millions of other Apple consumers," said Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, executive director of SumOfUs. "The hip, educated market that Apple aspires to corner is largely composed of responsible consumers who don’t want to be complicit in sweatshop labor. Apple’s attention to detail is famous, and the only way they could fail to be aware of dozens of worker deaths, of child labor, of exposure to neurotoxins is through willful ignorance."

While news of Foxconn's suicides have been topics for some time, a heated interest in Apple's worker policies ignited after an episode of Public Radio International's "This American Life." The report talked about the working conditions in Apple's manufacturing facilities, and even revealed adolescents working 16 hours a day and making 70 cents an hour. After that, the New York Times and other well-established news outlets published their own reports.

Following the reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Apple cared about every worker in the supply chain, and vowed to dig deeper into the allegations. He said the company also has the Fair Labor Association monitoring its suppliers. Protestors retaliated, saying it's a step in the right direction, but want the names of the suppliers found to have violations and what those violations are "so that there is transparency around the monitoring effort."

"If Tim Cook is really offended by these allegations, why isn’t he doing anything to fix the problems? This is the supply chain he set up as COO — he needs to start taking responsibility, not blaming the messenger," Stinebrickner-Kauffman added. "Every time a Foxconn worker is killed or disabled making an Apple product, Mr. Cook bears personal moral responsibility. Apple’s enforcement of razor-thin profit margins at suppliers invites – and may even force – them to slash workers’ rights. But Apple is going to have much bigger longer-term problems than paying a few extra dollars for its products if it loses its luster with ethical consumers."

It's unknown how many people will actually visit Apple's HQ and stores on Thursday, but they'll walk in wearing iPhone costumes. If that's not obvious enough, they'll also be the ones waving around iPhone posters and delivering petitions in Mac boxes. Unfortunately, iPad and iPod Touch owners aren't invited to the costume party.

Related news:

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the Streaming Video & TVs forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 15 Hide
    one-shot , February 9, 2012 5:07 AM
    If only Lord Jobs were here to guide us! He'd know what to do!
  • 14 Hide
    DjEaZy , February 9, 2012 5:12 AM
    ... here are the list of other companies, that use foxconn... apple is just the successful one... i think, all of the listed companies need to improve the conditions of the workers at foxconn... don't blame just apple, blame all in the list... apple is the only one on the list, that seams to care a bit, because the reputation is on the line... line all up you kindle users, xbox users, lumia users and so on...

    Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
    Amazon.com (United States)
    Apple Inc. (United States)
    ASRock (Taiwan)
    Asus (Taiwan)
    Barnes & Noble (United States)
    Cisco (United States)
    Dell (United States)
    EVGA Corporation (United States)
    Hewlett-Packard (United States)
    Intel (United States)
    IBM (United States)
    Lenovo (China)
    Microsoft (United States)
    MSI (Taiwan)
    Motorola (United States)
    Netgear (United States)
    Nintendo (Japan)
    Nokia (Finland)
    Panasonic (Japan)
    Samsung (South Korea)
    Sharp (Japan)
    Sony (Japan)
    Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)
    Vizio (United States)
  • 13 Hide
    amuffin , February 9, 2012 5:15 AM
    I wish there were only 35,000 apple product purchasers....
Other Comments
    Display all 59 comments.
  • 15 Hide
    one-shot , February 9, 2012 5:07 AM
    If only Lord Jobs were here to guide us! He'd know what to do!
  • 14 Hide
    DjEaZy , February 9, 2012 5:12 AM
    ... here are the list of other companies, that use foxconn... apple is just the successful one... i think, all of the listed companies need to improve the conditions of the workers at foxconn... don't blame just apple, blame all in the list... apple is the only one on the list, that seams to care a bit, because the reputation is on the line... line all up you kindle users, xbox users, lumia users and so on...

    Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
    Amazon.com (United States)
    Apple Inc. (United States)
    ASRock (Taiwan)
    Asus (Taiwan)
    Barnes & Noble (United States)
    Cisco (United States)
    Dell (United States)
    EVGA Corporation (United States)
    Hewlett-Packard (United States)
    Intel (United States)
    IBM (United States)
    Lenovo (China)
    Microsoft (United States)
    MSI (Taiwan)
    Motorola (United States)
    Netgear (United States)
    Nintendo (Japan)
    Nokia (Finland)
    Panasonic (Japan)
    Samsung (South Korea)
    Sharp (Japan)
    Sony (Japan)
    Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)
    Vizio (United States)
  • 13 Hide
    amuffin , February 9, 2012 5:15 AM
    I wish there were only 35,000 apple product purchasers....
  • -6 Hide
    alidan , February 9, 2012 5:24 AM
    if people chose to work at foxconn, and arent forced to work there... i couldnt care less... its sad their country is that bad that foxconn is a realistic option and not a last ditch effort for employment, its chinese society, not just foxconn that needs to change.

    that said, to combat this, apple should say they need x phones for x $ and if anyone can do it, they get the job... and maybe than people will shut up about foxconn.
  • -6 Hide
    gromann , February 9, 2012 5:28 AM
    Owning no hardware produced by any of those companies via Foxconn, I enjoy my right to guilt every person who purchases Apple. Start with the biggest problem and then work on the others.
  • 7 Hide
    jezus53 , February 9, 2012 5:42 AM
    If only we could have this kinda of demand for transparency for our government. But no, fighting to stop corruption in government is far less important than you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside about your iphone purchase. Stay classy Apple fans.
  • 5 Hide
    The Greater Good , February 9, 2012 5:52 AM
    DjEaZy... here are the list of other companies, that use foxconn...


    I love this excuse. "B-B-But other people do it too!" Yeah, some parts of the world still allow slavery. Since they're doing it, EVERYONE SHOULD! That's the argument you're making. Silly, ain't it?
  • 0 Hide
    stm1185 , February 9, 2012 5:55 AM
    Oh no Apple will lose the purchasing power of the hipster protester. How will they cope only selling 15.2 million iPads next quarter instead of 15.4!

  • -2 Hide
    dormantreign , February 9, 2012 5:59 AM
    Samsung heading up a smear campaine lol....Oh my. Just an educated guess! Hate's apple some lot. Hope it works.
  • -1 Hide
    DjEaZy , February 9, 2012 5:59 AM
    DjEaZy is an isheepDjEaZy is an isheep!Not all Foxconn factories have slave labor.Those other companies use the other foxconn factories. Apple uses the salve labor ones!DjEaZy = isheep fail

    ... wow dude... you really put the effort to register this username to write this B$? "respect"!!!
    ... foxcon is one organisation, and foxconn=slavelabor... that's, way the list uses it... to improve on profit margin... the one thing, that i use from apple is iPhone 4S... but i have a Acer 18,4'' laptop... and i use parts from Asus for my desktop... and sadly all of named company's are on this list...

    Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
    Amazon.com (United States)
    Apple Inc. (United States)
    ASRock (Taiwan)
    Asus (Taiwan)
    Barnes & Noble (United States)
    Cisco (United States)
    Dell (United States)
    EVGA Corporation (United States)
    Hewlett-Packard (United States)
    Intel (United States)
    IBM (United States)
    Lenovo (China)
    Microsoft (United States)
    MSI (Taiwan)
    Motorola (United States)
    Netgear (United States)
    Nintendo (Japan)
    Nokia (Finland)
    Panasonic (Japan)
    Samsung (South Korea)
    Sharp (Japan)
    Sony (Japan)
    Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)
    Vizio (United States)
  • 5 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , February 9, 2012 6:14 AM
    I've got a better idea. Boycott the iPad 3 and any future Apple products until conditions improve. They might hurt a bit if it shows up on a financial statement.
  • 11 Hide
    Novulux , February 9, 2012 6:38 AM
    The greater GoodI love this excuse. "B-B-But other people do it too!" Yeah, some parts of the world still allow slavery. Since they're doing it, EVERYONE SHOULD! That's the argument you're making. Silly, ain't it?


    That was the argument he was making? The rest of what he wrote didn't seem to indicate that..
  • 6 Hide
    Anonymous , February 9, 2012 7:14 AM
    Most of these people are idiots. If you own a computer it's almost guaranteed to have Foxconn parts in it regardless of brand name. Got to question the motives of the people pulling the strings behind these protests and news articles.
  • 1 Hide
    hardcore_gamer , February 9, 2012 7:24 AM
    “Apps.....short for applications, meaning every *.exe file is a "app" on a windows system. Apple just pushed a trendy name so idiots with no idea of what is going on in any computer or smartphone could sound techie and feel good about the $500 they just wasted on slave labor products that track their use and movements so they can be better advertised to.”

    Source: TPU
  • 4 Hide
    becherovka , February 9, 2012 7:36 AM
    Its true all these company's use foxcon and all have some roll to play in fixing the current situation. The reason apple gets "picked on" is because they put more pressure on foxcon to produce higher volumes for less than other company's. And they have dedicated factory's for apple products and apple has the highest margin on their products so they have to ability to do something about it.
  • 2 Hide
    zachusaman , February 9, 2012 7:40 AM
    DjEaZy... here are the list of other companies, that use foxconn... apple is just the successful one...


    they USE A DIFFERENT PART!!!
    these issues with suicides and terrible conditions are specific to the factories that APPLE USES ONLY!!
    perhaps the other factories arent exactly great work either, but apples got the worst of the worst here.
  • 6 Hide
    molo9000 , February 9, 2012 9:28 AM
    zachusamanthey USE A DIFFERENT PART!!!these issues with suicides and terrible conditions are specific to the factories that APPLE USES ONLY!!perhaps the other factories arent exactly great work either, but apples got the worst of the worst here.


    Is that why the Foxconn workers making Microsoft's Xbox360 threatened mass suicide if they didn't get more pay?

    The reason Apple is in the news is because everything Apple related is news. In fact, you can be sure that there are much worse working conditions to be found in China.
  • 2 Hide
    freggo , February 9, 2012 9:54 AM
    Amazing what it takes to make a big corporation do what it should be doing in the first place.
    That's what happens when management spends more time on quarterly earning reports than on check on 'how' the earnings where achieved.
  • -1 Hide
    ojas , February 9, 2012 10:09 AM
    hardcore_gamer“Apps.....short for applications, meaning every *.exe file is a "app" on a windows system. Apple just pushed a trendy name so idiots with no idea of what is going on in any computer or smartphone could sound techie and feel good about the $500 they just wasted on slave labor products that track their use and movements so they can be better advertised to.”Source: TPU

    Executables in Mac OS have a *.app extension, which is where this word comes from. Sadly even Microsoft uses it.
  • 0 Hide
    del35 , February 9, 2012 10:21 AM
    They should also be protesting against having been defrauded and locked-down in the drm infested el-cheapo hardware that iCrap manufactures. Maybe Sprint should also join in the protest given that after selling so many iPhones they could not even make a profit. Some one is benefiting over at iCrap and clearly it isn't the people, but the company. Green Peace should also join the protest, as Apple with its practice of manufacturing products in locked-down metal boxes that are not user serviceable undermines the earth's balance.







Display more comments
Tom’s guide in the world
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • UK
Follow Tom’s guide
Subscribe to our newsletter
  • add to twitter
  • add to facebook
  • ajouter un flux RSS
Paul