NGOs Urge Consumers To Boycott Apple Inc. Products

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s labor practices have come under attack once again. Non-profit group Green America and The Nation magazine have urged consumers to boycott Apple products. They take issue with the use of toxic chemicals in Apple devices, which affects workers’ health. New York-based China Labor Group has also jumped in to support the campaign to rid the hazardous chemicals from the production process, but it is not supporting the boycott.

Groups want Apple to substitute out benzene and n-hexane

The campaign persuades consumers to boycott iDevices unless the tech giant changes its manufacturing and supply chain operations to improve working conditions. But the iPhone maker rejected the call. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) said that it’s been a leader in ridding toxic chemicals from its devices. The company requires its suppliers to match or exceed U.S. safety regulations.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its key supplier Foxconn have been criticized due to poor working conditions in Foxconn’s factories in China. Criticism grew louder after a number of Foxconn employees committed suicide. That prompted Foxconn to change the way workers are treated. Since then, Apple has been highlighting the issue in its Supplier Responsibility Report.

The NGOs said it would cost Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) only $1 per device to substitute two toxic chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, with non-toxic ones, reports CIO. The campaigners are also asking the company to create a healthcare fund to take care of workers who fall sick working on its products. Th groups have asked consumer to send a protest letter to Apple chief executive Tim Cook.

Apple conducted about 200 inspections last year

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) responded by saying that it has led the consumer electronics industry in removing other toxic substances such as PVC, mercury, lead, and brominated flame retardants from its products. The company requires its suppliers to comply with the U.S. safety standards such as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the OSHA. In 2013, the tech giant conducted about 200 inspections to make sure that factories meet its standards.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares rose 0.08% to $537.03 in pre-market trading Thursday.

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18 Comments on "NGOs Urge Consumers To Boycott Apple Inc. Products"

  1. They are quite recyclable. Read iFixit.
    As for the rest of your post, it sounds like pure fanboy slogans, and paranoid ranting so I won’t dignify it with an answer.

  2. Try and recycle your galaxy phone? What about your nexus? What about the millions of cheap samsung products that are formed in plastic, like TV, stereos, fridges, shipped to resellers, and then binned because they just wanted to flood the market with cheap knock-offs of sony, apple etc.
    Remember the great white hope of netbooks, that were designed to be thrown away after six months because they were so under powered that they became obsolete before the warranty ran out! Who pushed and is still trying to flog them, google and samsung, now they are on a big push for chrome boxes, the plastic, underpowered macmini knock off.
    What about the fact that a single google search uses as much electricity as boiling a kettle, no, Apple are the bad guy, even though Samsung produce a large portion products for Apple! Bash the only company in electrical device market who avoid plastic, has removed more unsustainable materials than google has put on the market, how many phones did they make out if the cheapest materials known to man?
    Then let’s talk about the social cost of google, how many of the thousands of people that have lost their jobs at motorola? How many will commit suicide. How many are feeling as if the company they helped build has been asset stripped and the shell sold to any cheap manufacturer who wants a shell brand.

  3. This guy is obsessed with bringing his stocks back to the $700 price they were at 2 summers ago. He claims he bought them at much less and sold some at $700.
    Whether he sold some or not, he is upset over not having sold all of them, and has been posting lies on here for years. He sometimes goes by Michael Suozzi, sometimes MDS, sometimes cis, sometimes imhvo (or something to that effect), and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are half a dozen others. But if you are tasked with researching Apple-related buzz like I am, you start noticing patterns in his posts that just repeat over and over and over, so he’s easy to spot.
    Anyways, he claims it’s about his stocks, but there’s an equal chance that he just works for Apple, and gets paid to post this nonsense.
    What he doesn’t understand that his lies hurt people who buy his BS and end up investing their hard-earned money in AAPL for their retirement.

  4. The movie thing…Wouldn’t ANY company not want a movie that makes it look bad want to suppress it with pressure or what-have-you?
    Also not sure whether the film is true or not, which, without much research, doesn’t look too legit according to the stats on Wikipedia.

  5. You MAY be right, but it sounds more like a conspiracy theory to me than fact.
    As for what Tim Cook said a couple of weeks ago, it was proven to be false and a lie, which is what people had an issue with, not the fact (per-se) that he would put profits before the environment.

  6. How are you AAPL shares doing? Still holding at a loss?

  7. The reason they take Apple “to task” is that it garners publicity.

    A Right-Wing organization insisting that Apple should “ONLY CARE ABOUT PROFITS” one week, which Cook insisted they wouldn’t do to this “Apple should be more environmentally conscious” from a left wing group another week.

  8. For which bit?

    The Samsung leaning on Cinemas and news reports on deaths at their factories:
    Google “Another Promise”

    Apple’s quarterly reports:
    apple [dot] com /supplier-responisbility

  9. So your below post “What does suicide at Foxconn have to do with this?” and yet the comment you made above about Samsung executives suicide DOES have something to do with it???

  10. really?
    Is that why they construct their laptops in a way that makes disassembling/recycling their components almost impossible?
    Is that why this article came out?
    Is that why the people that produce Apple products in China repeatedly reveal hazardous working conditions (including exposure to dangerous chemicals)?
    Is that why those people that produce Apple products are often shown to be overworked underage teenagers?
    Nice one. with evidence staring you in the face, you still somehow try to defend Apple.

  11. If you are an educated environmentalist you will choose Apple products, as they lead the way in reducing toxic products and protecting workers and in being transparent about these issues. Android products are cheap and dirty, and their labor force would love to get into Apple monitored factories.

  12. you are absolutely right. Greenpeace is evil because the boats they use to try and stop oil rigs and to try to save polar bears, are powered by gasoline. And in the war on terror some civilians get killed as well, so we should also stop fighting terrorism. Brilliant.

  13. I heard Samsung executives were about to commit suicide at the crisis meeting. LMAO!!!!

  14. Why don’t these tree hugging idiots stop driving their cars, turn off the heat and hot water in their homes and unplug the refrigerator. Energy, appliances and refrigerants are all contributing to their complaints.
    Go live in a cave and bang drums to communicate.

  15. Samsung have actually tried to ban reporting of this happening with their workers, while Apple releases quarterly reports on the status of the workers of the companies they employ to manufacture for them and are already removing toxic chemicals from their products.

    Methinks some small group wants to get some publicity at Apple’s expense, yet again?

  16. What does suicide at Foxconn have to do with this?

  17. Asshole….As if AAPL is the only one using these elements.
    Just look at batteries. They are all toxic under certain circumstances.
    Pick on everyone or shut up.

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