Apple CEO Tim Cook Visits New Foxconn Plant in China, Meets with Vice Premier Li Keqiang
March 29, 2012 9:44 AM
comment(s) - last by
Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) and Vice Premier Li Keqiang (R)
Cook likely made the trip to counter negative reports about the conditions of Apple's plants in China
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently took a trip to China to meet with Vice Premier Li Keqiang and to also visit Apple's new Foxconn Zhengzhou iPhone plant.
Earlier this week, Cook met with Vice Premier Li Keqiang in order to discuss trade and economic cooperation between China and the United States. According to
, the vice premier asked that companies around the world "expand cooperation with China, actively participate in the development of the western part of China, pay more attention to caring for workers and share development opportunities with the Chinese side."
Cook responded positively, saying that Apple would cooperate with China and abide by requests to up Apple's participation in development in China. Likewise, Li said the Chinese government would conduct technological innovation and augment domestic demands.
After meeting with Li, Cook went on to take a tour of Apple's latest iPhone production facility in Zhengzhou. The Foxconn Zhengzhou iPhone plant in newly built and has 120,000 employees.
Cook likely made the trip due to the
negative report that
The New York Times
published earlier this year
. In January,
blasted Apple in its second installment of the iEconomy series, which focused on the poor treatment and harsh working conditions that employees at Apple's suppliers' Chinese factories must endure. The report cited problems like long hours, exhaustion, lengthy overtime, unsafe working environments, underage employment, and crowded living conditions at these factories. In addition, the report noted that Apple was made aware of these violations on an annual basis since 2007, but never did anything to stop it.
Apple CEO Tim Cook tours Foxconn's Zhengzhou iPhone plant [Source: Bloomberg]
Cook was outraged by the claims, saying that Apple cares about each and every one of its employees whether they're in the United States or overseas. Cook even sent an email to all Apple employees explaining what happened, and telling them that the company cares for them. Apple even
signed up to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA)
in January, which subjects all of Apple's plants to random inspections.
Later, in February, the FLA visited Apple's Foxconn factories in China and said that the employees were not being pushed to their limits or working in harsh conditions. In fact,
the FLA referred to the facilities as "first class."
Nevertheless, Cook likely wants to show that he is making an effort to check up on these facilities in question himself, and to create stronger ties with China along the way.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
Had to be done
3/29/2012 11:34:00 AM
As people said, there's no doubt that any of the glaring abuses were hidden away when Cook came in.
But he probably knows and expects that -- he didn't get to be COO and now CEO of the most successful company in the world because he wasn't astute. He still probably had to go just to say he really had been there for himself and had an inkling of the environment. When you're under that much criticism, you have to at least make that gesture.
Now, let's see Michael Dell, Meg Whitman, Stephen Elop, Satoru Iwata, and Kaz Hirai make visits to Foxconn, since their companies use its manufacturing as well.
"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard
Fair Labor Association: Apple's Foxconn Plants Not So Bad
February 16, 2012, 11:45 AM
Apple Volunteers Foxconn for Fair Labor Association Inspection
February 13, 2012, 10:59 AM
Report: Apple's Suppliers Continuously Violate Code of Conduct, Apple Does Nothing to Change It
January 27, 2012, 4:24 AM
iLate: CEO Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Will Ship in April
January 28, 2015, 3:03 PM
Amazon's Fire Sale on Fire Phone Steps up in UK w/ 1-Day Sale @ $150 Unlocked
January 28, 2015, 11:53 AM
Apple Sees Record Profit of $18 Billion, Sells 74.5 Million iPhones in Q1 FY2015
January 27, 2015, 6:01 PM
Apple Might Miss High-End of Analyst Estimates, Microsoft Earnings Hint
January 27, 2015, 3:14 PM
Microsoft Smartphone Sales Up 28 Percent as Lumia Budget Models Gain Ground
January 27, 2015, 8:30 AM
Quick Note: Special 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 Raises $128,000 for Charity
January 26, 2015, 4:14 PM
Most Popular Articles
Google Fixes Homophobic "Bug" in its Translator
January 27, 2015, 2:31 PM
Ancient Aliens? 11.2 Billion Year Old Solar System Discovered
January 29, 2015, 12:09 PM
Under the Hood: How DirectX 11.3 and 12 Will Supercharge Windows 10 Gaming
January 23, 2015, 12:34 PM
Dual-Motor Tesla Model S P85D's "Insane Mode" Shocks Passengers
January 28, 2015, 11:18 PM
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Packs 640 hp Punch with 200 mph Reach
January 23, 2015, 3:25 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information