Posts Tagged ‘Labor’

China’s “Migration Transition” Is Changing the Factory Floor

Sunday, January 13, 2013 19:33 1 Comment

While catching up on some reading, the following passages from Arrival City (A book about the migration of people to the city) reminded me of a trend that I have been observed in China: Back-and-forth migration was indeed occurring, often for many generations.  But eventually there was something of a tipping point, a moment where […]

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Foxconn Labor Issues Continue. And will Only continue to continue

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 16:33 1 Comment

I know I am running a couple weeks behind on this one, but many of you probably heard the news that Foxconn had another incident. An incident that involved 2,000 employees, 5,000 police, and a security guard.  A security guard that reportedly hit a line worker, which then turned into a full on riot. As […]

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Foxconn’s Fear Factory.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:51 2 Comments

A great clip from Jon Stewart on Foxconn, and a timely one given Apple’s recent revelations that its supply chain is still a clusterfu*k, Apple makes over a billion USD a day in profit, and in one of the last meetings with President Obama Steve jobs made it clear that Apple’s outsourced supply chain would […]

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Chinese Employees are Going for More Frequent Walks

Monday, July 19, 2010 1:43 No Comments

The last few months have been filled with labor issues, and while the Foxconn issues received perhaps the most coverage, the recent Reuters Factbox: China Labor Strikes led me to ask one of my interns to see what else she could find in a couple hours on the internet… and it was clear that beyond […]

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Why Raising Wages Won’t Work as a Long Term Solution For Foxconn. Or Apple

Sunday, June 13, 2010 2:06 9 Comments

A few weeks back I was asked to speak at the BMW Europe Asian Young Leaders Forum on “How do cities organize communal life and maintain social harmony? What can business contribute to these processes?” It was the week after EXPO, and everyone was in Harmonious society mode, but in developing what I thought were […]

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You Cannot Build a Brand on a Foundation of an Abusive Supply Chain

Thursday, May 27, 2010 3:09 24 Comments

For long time readers of All Roads, you will know that one of the topics i have follows has been related to the systemic issues apple has faced within its supply chain. it is a topic that in the last few days has come to a head with the near daily suicides occurring on Foxconn’s […]

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Labor Conditions of Apple’s itouch Supplier All Over CCTV. Brand Destruction in Process?

Monday, February 22, 2010 2:18 16 Comments

Over the last couple of years, one of the firms that has popped up on the radar of firms whose labor conditions I felt were at some point going to come back to haunt them… and I think we have come a bit closer with the above CCTV report, an 11 and a half minute […]

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Apple’s Recent Strike in Suzhou is Sign of Continued Bad Labor and CSR Practices in China

Thursday, January 21, 2010 0:53 10 Comments

This afternoon I was asked by someone why I am involved in CSR and sustainability. It is a question that I seem to asked frequently, but one that I am not sure I ever answer with any measure of clarity as I have worked in a very wide range of issues related to these big […]

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