May 25, 2010: Apple launches an investigati into a series of suicides at Foxcn, its Chinese industrial partner.
A ninth dead in a Foxcn factory, Apple says that it "independently evaluates" Foxcn's respse. Cupertino swears to look lg at the facilities that manufacture its products. It's a tough challenge for Apple – and ctroversial comments from Steve Jobs are not really helpful.
Working cditis in Foxcn factories
Foxcn's working cditis shook Apple during Jobs' reign. Chinese factory operatis became e of the biggest ctroversies of Apple, with the problem of the iPhone 4 "Antennagate", censorship in the App Store, backdated stock optis Jobs and sometimes brutal approach of Apple to the press
. In comm was that they did not bring out the best in jobs. He was a visiary leader, but he could sometimes appear flippant in public. This was especially true when it came to dealing with problems that he did not feel comfortable with.
This is what happened with the Foxcn suicides. In reality, Apple was far from the ly technology company to manufacture its products in China. However, his high level of visibility – and the fact that he successfully marketed himself as a rebel fighter for freedom, motivated by the need to make the world a better place – meant that it became synymous with news.
. report that a worker has committed suicide …