Ethical And Social Responsibilities Of Apple

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In the corporate world, it is easy to think that the ultimate goal is to make profits. However, it is this type of thinking that can ultimately lead to the failure of an organization. When a company simply thinks of profits, it is likely to find itself in trouble with the government, with stockholders, and with the public. In today’s world, more so than ever, it is important for a company to thinking about its ethical and social responsibilities to its employees, its consumers, its shareholders, and to the general public. By focusing on ethical and social responsibilities, a company is likely to be able to gain recognition as a good employer, a good investment, and a good company to purchase products and services from. One company that…show more content…
Next, the “Mass Suicide” protest at the Foxconn factory in China where workers were deeply upset by the poor working conditions (Moore, 2012). Then, in 2013 there were reports of deaths of workers at the some of the same Chinese factories from fatigue, pneumonia, and other causes (Barboza, 2013). All of these poor conditions by its suppliers and factories overseas contradict the values that are set forth by Apple in their own ethical guidelines. Early in 2012, Apple announced that it would hire an outside agency to investigate the charges of forced overtime and child labor in its Chinese suppliers and factories, including other poor work conditions. While it appears on the surface that Apple was taking swift action in regards to these charges, it is clear that the abuse has been going on for some time and regular audits performed by Apple, or even routine check-ups on its suppliers would have uncovered at least the deplorable working conditions. Apple even admits that it was lax in its auditing procedures during the times when these issues were occurring, leading inquisitive minds to believe that it the company knew what was going on but only felt the need to address it once it had become public knowledge and began to hurt Apple’s image. According to Apple’s website reports a 51% increase in the number of audits performed since 2012, which covered facilities where 1.5 million workers labor to
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