The 's Current Position On The Company 's Ethical And Social Responsibilities

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Examine Apple’s current position on the company’s ethical and social responsibilities, and determine whether or not the company has met these responsibilities. Provide two (2) examples that support your position. The origins of social responsibility are dated back in 1950, when Harold Bowen published a seminal work titled Social Responsibility of the Businessman. Although in the early 1940’s corporations were already talking about ethical and social responsibility, it was not until Bowen published his seminal work that a formal concept was defined. For this reason he is known as the Father of Corporate Responsibility. (Schwartz, 2011, Pg. 20). As many other large companies, Apple developed a commitment to responsibility. In order to establish clear environmental, social and ethical guidelines, in 2005 Apple published a Code of Conduct. Although it was created with the best intentions, it was not being upheld entirely by Apple or some of Apple 's suppliers. In an effort to remain as an innovative leader in the industry and supply the market demands in a quick and inexpensive way, Apple operated in a fast paced environment with long shifts, poor safety standards and limited spaces. As a result of lack of audits and controls in place to ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct, Apple started to gain a reputation of being “abusive” to its employees. In 2006 a British newspaper alleged that Apple suppliers in China were exploiting its employees by providing them with…
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