Apple and Foxconn in the Trump Era

Apple has faced heavy criticism from the President Donald Trump administration, which demands that it creates jobs in the USA. A report by Jenny Chan and Mark Selden in ‘China’s Worlds’ (2017) looks at Apple’s response to this criticism of its outsourcing of manufacturing jobs form the…

Apple: Pay the taxes you’ve been dodging!

Ireland has to collect unpaid taxes from Apple

In August 2016 the European Commission ruled that Apple has to pay 13 billion of taxes to the government of Ireland. Ireland now is forced to collect this money the don’t want. The EC has said these tax benefits were illegal because they allowed Apple…

Samsung uses only 1% renewable energy

Join the Greenpeace campaign and ask Samsung to stop fueling climate change. Greenpeace: “Despite all its PR talk of “championing the impossible” and “doing bigger things”, Samsung still relies on dirty, old-fashioned fossil fuels like coal to make gadgets. While Samsung uses only 1% renewable…

Apple has admitted student intern abuses

After the release of SACOM’s investigative report on student interns abuses in Apple’s production line and months of pressuring from international media and activists, Apple has officially admitted student interns abuses in its supply chain. And they promised to eliminate similar problems in the future. Six high…

From Apple to Huawei: profit comes before workers’ rights

In the mobile phone and computer industries labour rights are still a sore point. In particular the new market giant Huawei and HTC still have much to do. These are the findings of the updated rating of the ten IT firms with the biggest market share…

iPhone’s features include oppression, inequality – and vast profit for Apple

Paradise Papers reveal how the offshore tax game is played by Apple

The Paradise Papers reveal that Apple changed their tax avoidance strategy and how they did it. Before May 2013 Apple avoided taxes by shifting tens of billions of dollars to their Irish subsidiaries. Nevertheless, chief executive Tim Cook declared in 2013. “We do not depend…

Take action against Apple’s labour abuse now!

This Friday (3 November 2017) SACOM is calling for an ‘iSlave at 10’ Global Action Day when iPhone X will be launched. Together we can change the labour condition in Apple’s manufacturers. Please join this action day! Activists – for example activists from Hong Kong,…

OLED suppliers compete for new iPhone orders

Rival firms eye up the global OLED screen market worth $21 billion.

As OLED becomes the ‘screen of choice’ analysts say that panels for smartphones will roughly triple over the next five years, while the market for LCD panels will fall 14%. The value of global OLED panel shipments in 2017 is estimated to reach $21.6 billion, already showing…

A bloody decade of the iPhone

Ten years ago the first iPhone went on sale. The iconic product not only profoundly altered the world of gadgets, but also of consumption and tall corporate profit; this world would be impossible without the toiling of millions along the assembly line. I look back…