The New iPhone 4 CF: Just an ideal?

By Rhona Murray In November 2010, Apple was attacked by the Yes Men, an activist NGO specialising in high publicity pranks against corporations believed to be operating unethically. The Yes Men constructed an identical Apple website and launched the iPhone 4 CF. The iPhone 4 CF was advertised as ‘conflict-free’, identical to the current iPhone but … Continue reading

STACI Factory Visit in Doungguan

This is the Pdf version: STACI visit summary by Tammy

Conflict Minerals and Rape in the Congo

Just in the fiscal 2011 first quarter, apple sold 16.24 million iPhones, recording 86 percent unit growth since the first quarter of the previous year.  Added on to the total of 73.5 million at the fourth fiscal quarter of 2010, the grand total amounts to nearly 90 million iPhones sold since its launch.  Consumers can … Continue reading

Conflict Minerals Fuel War in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Eastern Congo suffers from the most deadliest conflict since World War II, which is sometimes referred to as Africa’s World War.  According to a study by the International Rescue Committee, the conflict and humanitarian crisis has taken the lives of 5.4 million people since 1998, and the figure continues to add on by as many … Continue reading

The Other Side of Apple: iPhone Consumers

By Rhona Murray Apple ranks as a middle tier company in terms of its progress towards eradicating conflict minerals from the supply chain of Apple products. With a brand value of $29.5 billion, why is this still not a priority? And what do Apple consumers think of this? Or are they also complicit on this front? We … Continue reading

Putting the issue to the extreme: is CSR itself unproblematic?

Our group has written some articles explaining what the term Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) is and how it can be applied to studies the labour issued involved during the production of iPhone. It is our view that Apple has not done enough to fulfill its CSR. However, the following video clip has directed me to think further … Continue reading

Coltan mining & its environmental impacts

Other than military conflicts the current growth of mining industry in western Africa has also caused a lot of environmental problems in the region. In the case of DR Congo many mining sites are actually located in the eastern side of the country where a lot of natural reserves with rich ecological values are located. … Continue reading

What an iphone is actually made of?

What an iphone is actually made of? According to a report recently released by Apple iphone is actually made by a list of materials like glass, stainless steel, plastic and some other materials. However for the most important component of an iphone, the circuit board, only very few detail information was released by that report. … Continue reading

Apple, Marks and Spencer and Dell

Apple claimed social responsibility was fundamental to their ways of doing business in Apple Supplier Responsibility 2011 Progress Report. In this post, we would like to look at the CSR programs of two other mass corporations (Marks and Spencer and Dell) which have a similar claim in order to make comparisons with Apple’s program. Marks … Continue reading

Book review: The Serial Jumps behind Foxconn’s Success (《富士康輝煌背後的連環跳》)

  In September 2010, the “General Investigation Report of Foxconn”, the report of an investigation conducted by scholars from more than 20 Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong universities on the serial suicides happened in Foxconn, was published. Five major problems in Foxconn have been identified, together with an interview with a survived 17-year-old victim of … Continue reading