As long as labour abuses remain in far-off places rarely subject to scrutiny by the likes of the New York Times, companies like Apple will remain more swayed by stockholders pushing to maximise their profits than consumers who want the workers who make their iPods and iPads treated justly. By Julie Hollard.
“The iEconomy,” a New York Times series “examining challenges posed by increasingly globalized high-tech industries,” provides Exhibit A on how even the best attempts by corporate media to dig into international labour rights fall short.
With three bylined reporters and nine months of work (Economix,1/25/12), the first two pieces of the series provided perhaps the most in-depth look at the production of Apple products that a corporate outlet has ever published. Despite all the resources it had expended and the abuses it had documented, the Times refused to pin the responsibility on Apple.