Last week, U.S. radio show The American Life retracted a story about the harsh working conditions of Apple’s manufacturing employees at overseas supplier Foxconn, based largely on the show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by American author and dramatist Mike Daisey. The radio program discovered that numerous parts of Daisey’s reports about Foxconn and its employees were greatly exaggerated or even partially fabricated altogether.
As reported by Reuters, Apple’s primary overseas manufacturer Foxconn says that it does not currently plan to seek any legal action against the radio program or any other American publications despite severely hurting the reputation of the Chinese company…
“Our corporate image has been totally ruined. The point is whatever media that cited the programme should not have reported it without confirming (with us),” said Foxconn spokesman Simon Hsing. “We have no plans to take legal action… We hope nothing similar will happen again.”
Over the past several months, there has been quite the controversy surrounding Apple and both its domestic and overseas workforce. Apple has been criticized for outsourcing its labor to foreign companies such as Foxconn in China, especially when factoring in the dangerous activity and reportedly poor working conditions at these manufacturing plants.
Apple responded by posting a list of its suppliers and vowing to issue monthly reports on supplier working conditions. Additionally, Apple chief executive Tim Cook stated that the Cupertino-based company cares deeply about every worker, and then gave ABC exclusive access inside its Foxconn manufacturing facility to show the public how its supply chain operates from the inside out for the very first time.