I try to speak with my dollar.
When I decided to get a dog, I researched to make sure I would not be supporting a puppy mill. I try not to be a consumer. I research. I’ve boycott companies for unethical, or poor environmental, practices.
I’m typing this on a Mac. I love my iPhone. I was just toying with buying an iPad instead of taking a yoga training weekend once I get a bit of money back from Washington. Then I read NYT’s iEconomy, a series reporting on Apple’s assembly plants in China.
After reading the Human Costs NYTimes article, I began to question Apple’s ethics. The iEconomy series had another link that was dated with tomorrow’s date, a blog posts with response from Chinese readers. The respondents seem to echo much of the same sentiment: it is the government’s lack of regulation; it is the industry, not just Apple; the plant, Foxconn, is actually better than other plants; and, Apple will remain Apple because of consumer love.
Apple is big enough to demand change. It was just reported today that they had the best quarter ever. Doesn’t a company that is of such success have a moral obligation to, “be the change”? Is Apple really rotten; or is it wearing a bullseye because it has become an economic giant?
I’ll be honest, I want them to do the right thing. I love my Apples, but don’t wish to support a company that chooses profits over people. Sigh. Last call…well, for the rescue pup, z, before bed; hopefully, not for my iPhone ~