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There has been much criticism of Apple and their Foxconn factory surrounding the release of the new iPhone. It seems that in the world of computer manufacturing that it is not un-common for work conditions in assembly factories to be less than ideal for it's employees. Are there known computer manufactures who uphold ethical standards similar to something like the Fair Trade standards?

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closed as off topic by Indrek, random Sep 11 '12 at 22:44

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Not that I've ever heard of. –  Mark Allen Sep 11 '12 at 22:19
Chinese lose 40,000 fingers a year in factories. nytimes.com/2008/01/05/business/worldbusiness/05sweatshop.html –  FlavorScape Sep 12 '12 at 0:14
After reading the FAQ, I must say that I do not understand why this question was closed. It is not subjective or argumentative. It relates to computer hardware and does not ask for purchase recommendations. Please explain. –  jeremynealbrown Sep 12 '12 at 0:19

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Umm... how about Apple computers?

A quote from the article you link (Emphasis mine):

The Fair Labor Association, an industry trade group that Apple in February commissioned to investigate prior reports of inhumane working conditions and worker abuse [...]

So this report is part of the followup to the investigation that Apple ordered to make sure their suppliers "uphold ethical standards similar to something like the Fair Trade standards".

Apple has a very strict standards they hold their suppliers up to. They even publish a report about the working conditions of their suppliers and do not pull very many punches in it (But they do anonymize which companies they are talking about in the report).

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Here is the rest of the quote: "told The Times that it was “concerned” about recent reports of exploitation at Foxconn factories and would be “following-up” on them." –  jeremynealbrown Sep 11 '12 at 23:53
I am not bashing Apple. That is not my place. However, we should keep in mind that The Fair Labor Association was commissioned by Apple and that they are not an independent oversight committee. –  jeremynealbrown Sep 12 '12 at 0:02

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