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Apple Does the Right Thing

Good news doesn't come along very often these days. With ongoing foreign wars, ever-rising gas prices, and the numbly accelerating threat of climat...

Freddie Pierce
|Apr 1|magazine6 min read

Good news doesn't come along very often these days. With ongoing foreign wars, ever-rising gas prices, and the numbly accelerating threat of climate change, it's practically at the point where you can pretty much just replace the terms 'good news' and 'bad news' with 'fiction' and 'non-fiction'.

But here's something: following a public outcry over the working conditions for the 1.2 million employees of Foxconn - China's largest employer and  Apple's main supplier - sweeping reforms are being introduced to shorten hours and raise wages.

As a wiser man than I once said: "A lot of things are BS in life. This is not one of them." These reforms will mean a concrete difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of families.

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It's hard to say why it's happening now, and it'll be a sweeping story to tell of how outsourcing took this leap forward. But it is a leap forward: Apple and Foxconn are major enterprises with massive influence on both major world superpowers. Their decision to prioritize the needs of their workers over short-term, short-sighted gains demonstrates notably higher thinking in the world of supply chain operations.

No doubt Apple's new CEO and former supply chain chief deserves some of the credit, but hats off to the Fair Labor Association, which despite widespread skepticism as to its legitimacy - even in the pages of this magazine - came through with a blistering report detailing the widespread abuses of even China's own looser labor laws.

Stay tuned for the next part in our series that considers the potential ripple effects of the reforms.

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