@Ariella: That's exactly what my point was as well. There are people who have enough ethics to look beyond the price of the products they are purchasing. If Apple doesn't pay attention to these social issues being linked to it via Foxconn, it may face opposition from a large number of consumers at some point in time.
I agree that Foxconn may be manufacturing for other brands as well but Apple is, by far, it's biggest client. And more importantly, it's Apple whose image gets connected with Foxconn directly whenever something about working conditions at Foxconn is mentioned. Hence, if Apple has to rectify it's social image, it has to fix issues with Foxconn even if it's not the only client.
Given that Apple has a whole pool of surplus cash, it wouldn't hurt if they spend it on improving the working conditions within Foxconn. Rather than taking it as a vendor, Apple can consider Foxconn as it's business partner and look for mutual growth.
"We are least bothered about how well or how poorly their staff is paid or treated."
Most of the people not, but we should care about that also. Furthermore, your example cannot be compared with the situation in Foxconn because we are talking about deaths and not just a mistreating on the workers. So what you suggest to say a big bravo and to continue buying their products?
That is true, hm. We shouldn't forget that this issue is related to many companies. However, with Apple being a large company in this marketplace, they could set an example for other companies and have good headlines in the media.
Yes exactly it will spread like a virus if no one bothers to clear the bad image which was there on the past. Evey possibility is there for Apple also to get hurt if it happens becasue Apple is kind of a part of it right now. True that customers wont forget easily on what happened in the past but atleast by clearing the present will take off some dirt from foxconn.
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