This past January, the New York Times published a tough report about the conditions at Foxconn’s manufacturing factories that are used for building Apple’s iPads and iPhones. The report by the New York Times interviewed former Apple executives and it made Apple look pretty bad. Now Apple is granting ABC Nightline full access to their Chinese supply chain. ABC’s Bill Weir traveled to Shenzhen, China for an exclusive look in Apple’s supply chain.
Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to the New York Times by saying ?We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern.? Apple opened their full supply chain to the Fair Labor Association.
Here is a quote from ABC’s Weir about his trip:
For years, Apple and Foxconn have been synonymous with monster profits and total secrecy so it was fascinating to wander the iphone and iPod production lines, meet the people who build them and see how they live. Our cameras were rolling when thousands of hopeful applicants rushed the Foxconn gates and I spoke with dozens of line workers and a top executive about everything from hours and pay to the controversies over suicides at the plant and the infamous ?jumper nets? that line the factories in Shenzhen. After this trip, I?ll never see an Apple product the same way again.
ABC will be spreading their coverage access on “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” ABCNews.com, “ABC News Radio,” and “ABC Newsone.” The first footage of the trip will air on “ABC Nightline” on Tuesday February 21st at 11:35PM EST. ABC’s parent company is Disney Corporation. Disney CEO Bob Iger is currently on the board of directors at Apple. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his family are the largest shareholders of Disney.