Terry Gou Tai-Ming

Terry Gou Tai-Ming,
what‘s your take on these accusations?

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (鴻海精密工業股份有限公司), aka FOXCONN, is Apple’s biggest supplier and the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer. Foxconn has been involved in several controversies, including a spate of suicides in 2010 at its Chinese factories, blamed on its treatment of employees and working conditions.

To assess the problems one should know:

  • Nearly all globally acting companies make use of cheap labor.
  • The manufacturers themselves are primarily responsible for enforcement of human rights. Countries, their legislation and their authorities, are under obligation to avoid infringements of generally accepted human rights.
  • There is not enough good-paying work in a world where everything gets automated and demand languishes. This leads to a situation that even children already have to support their parents for fighting against poverty.
  • If prices would be adjusted to fair wages of labor we would have a world-wide crisis and crowds of people in third-world countries would loose their jobs.
  • Economic exploitation happens primarily in authoritative countries where people have no chance to claim their rights.


Production at Foxconn

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