Laptop: Certification Program Would Force Apple, Others to Make Ethical Gadgets
Lately, Apple has been taking a lot of heat for the harsh working conditions at its suppliers’ factories. The same week that Apple announced its record-smashing $46.3 billion-revenue quarter, the New York Times rained on Tim Cook’s parade, publishing an article that accused his company of ignoring deadly safety violations at the plants that make its popular products. In the wake of these allegations, some have called for a public boycott or increased oversight, but the sad truth is that Apple is only the most visible offender, not the worst offender.
Users need a better way to find out who made their gadgets and under what conditions so they can vote with their wallets. A voluntary logo program in the style of the current EPEAT environmental ratings would give companies incentive to improve conditions and consumers to do the right thing. Full article