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Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Enters Into Force

On Tuesday, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) went into effect in the U.S. The bill was conceived in 2019, approved by the Senate last July, and passed by Congress in December before being signed into law by...

Interview: Laura Murphy on Forced Labor in Xinjiang

Evidence of human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in Xinjiang has significantly increased over the past five years. As documented by researchers and human rights groups, the Chinese government has subjected...

Will China’s “Dominance in Manufacturing” Endure?

Earlier this week at The Atlantic, Matt Schiavenza analyzed an infographic published by the International Business Times to show that, despite rising labor costs, we can expect China to remain a dominant force in global...

Report Alleges Labor Violations at Apple Supplier

U.S.-based workers-rights group China Labor Watch published a report on Monday alleging numerous labor violations at three factories owned by Pegatron Group, a major supplier to Apple: CLW’s investigations revealed at least 86...

What Paintbrush Makers Know About How to Beat China

In an article for the New York Times, Adam Davidson looks at two U.S. paintbrush makers and the strategies they’ve used to stay competitive as Chinese manufacturers offer products for a considerably lower price:...

Apple Hire Suggests Focus on Supply Chain Pollution

Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson announced her new role as Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives this week. As Brian Fung points out at the National Journal, it seems likely that...

Apple’s China Problems

The New York Times traces the human element of Apple’s supply chain in a lengthy report on conditions at the Chinese factories that make its wildly popular devices: Some former Apple executives say there is an unresolved...

Concerns Grow Over Environmental Costs Of Apple Products

Tongxin, near Shanghai, is the site of a factory run by Apple supplier Kaedar. Marketplace’s Rob Schmitz found the villagers initially eager to talk about pollution from the plant, but this changed after local authorities...

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...

Supply Chain for iPhone Highlights Costs in China

From the New York Times: Last month, while enthusiastic consumers were playing with their new Apple iPhone 4, researchers in Silicon Valley were engaged in something more serious. They cracked open the phone’s shell and started...

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