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Is Change Emerging in China’s Factories?

Keith Bradsher and Charles Duhigg of The New York Times report that electronics companies such as Apple, which came under heavy criticism earlier this year for the working conditions on its Chinese assembly lines, have changed...

Ma Jun: The Most Creative Person in Business

Fast Company Magazine recently named Chinese environmental activist Ma Jun to the #1 spot on their list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Christina Larson profiles him for the magazine: An environmental researcher by...

China’s Fight Against Bribery and Corruption

High-level corruption is in the news with the recent downfall of former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai. But bribery on a much smaller scale is sometimes part of the risk of doing business in China. As part of an effort to stamp...

This American Life’s Foxconn Retraction: Reactions

Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with government officials and representatives of the titanic but iPhoneless China Mobile in Beijing, according to The Wall Street Journal: A spokeswoman said Mr. Cook— who is on his first trip to China...

Are Walmart’s Factories as Bad as Apple’s?

Mother Jones has published a lengthy investigative report on Wal-Mart’s controversial and ambitious policies promoting sustainability, which finds that the auditing process in the corporation’s Chinese factories is...

Apple Releases 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report

Apple has released its latest Supplier Responsibility report, which shows an 80% drop in underage labour and signs of a new and long-awaited transparency. The company also published a nearly comprehensive list of suppliers for...

Mixed Signals from Apple on Pollution Report

Apple’s response to a recent report by Chinese environmental NGOs, in which it came under heavy fire for pollution from suppliers, has been characteristically vague and evasive, but the company has also shown some signs of...

"Apple Has Made No Progress at All" on Environment

In January, a group of Chinese environmental NGOs including Friends of Nature and IPE ranked Apple last out of 29 tech companies in terms of environmental transparency. While the company’s own audits have revealed a number...

Apple in China: Red, Delicious and Rotten

Foreign Policy’s Christina Larson suggests that while Apple is enjoying great success in China, its behaviour has been more Chinese Communist Party than Dalai Lama: About three years ago, … Cupertino rolled up its...



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