New campaign calls upon Apple to lead the way in ending smartphone sweatshops

Eliminate toxic chemicals; ensure adequate medical treatment; and end worker abuse; these are the demands of Green America and The Nation in a new campaign "Bad Apple. End Smartphone Sweatshops", launched yesterday. You can help by signing the petition.

New campaign calls upon Apple to lead the way in ending smartphone sweatshops

Eliminate toxic chemicals; ensure adequate medical treatment; and end worker abuse; these are the demands of Green America and The Nation in a new campaign ‘Bad Apple. End Smartphone Sweatshops’, launched yesterday. You can help by signing the petition addressed to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, to lead the way in protecting worker health and safety.

Thinking different?

An estimated 1.5 million people work in Apple’s supplier factories in China. In the process of manufacturing electronics, hundreds of chemicals are routinely used. Protective gear and rigorous trainings on safe handling are often not enforced, even though the chemicals can lead to cancer, leukemia, nerve damage, liver and kidney failure, and reproductive health issues. The Bad Apple campaign is working to bring light to the issue of these unjust labor conditions in electronics factories in China. Apple, as a massive global company, claiming to ‘Think Different’, has the power to improve the working conditions in the sector by influencing both its suppliers and its competitors.

Demands

1.Eliminate toxic chemicals - Stop the use of the most dangerous, toxic chemicals in Apple supplier factories and replace them with safer alternatives.

2. Ensure adequate medical treatment - Create a fund to pay for the treatment of injured workers and ensure that all workers injured while making Apple products receive adequate treatment. For workers struggling to access care, Apple and its supplier factories must institute a safe and rapid mechanism for workers to report illnesses.

3.End worker abuse - Apple and its supplier factories must ensure compliance with the ILO’s eight Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, article 32 on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and national laws regarding occupational health and safety, worker benefits, and minimum wage for all workers, including young, migrant workers.


> Go to the petition: http://action.greenamerica.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13165