Apple On The Factory Suicides

This year, 10 employees have died at the Foxconn Shenzhen plant. Foxconn produces products for Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and Apple. Apple has stepped forward and finally commented on the issue.

According to sister site Gizmodo, Apple has released a statement that it is "saddened and upset by the recent suicides at Foxconn". What's more, the company is "in direct contact with Foxconn senior management and we believe they are taking this matter very seriously".

Dell, which has its computers manufactured by Foxconn has also spoke out: "We expect our suppliers to employ the same high standards we do in our own facilities. We enforce these standards through a variety of tools, including the Electronics Industry code of conduct, business reviews with suppliers, self-assessments and audits"

Yesterday, it was reported that Foxconn's exec met with reporters about the rash of suicides, adding that the factory is not a "sweatshop". Today, he showed 100 or so members of the media the Shenzhen factory, adding that the facilities have 70 psychiatrists to prevent suicide and another 100 certified volunteers. There are also steps to report and prevent suicides.

Apple Speaks Out About Foxconn Suicides [Gizmodo]


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    The thing is, if they met the same standards as western organisations they'd be a lot more expensive and major corporations wouldn't use them, because the'd be underbid by someone who wasn't following those standards.

      Sadly, this is the way the world works. For some to rise, others must fall.
      However, something serious must be going on in this factory to warrant ~170 anti-suicide personnel, and still results in 10 suicides so far...

    "the facilities have 70 psychiatrists to prevent suicide and another 100 certified volunteers. There are also steps to report and prevent suicides"

    Isn't that in itself indicative of a rather deeply rooted problem? 170 people in their crack anti-suicide squad (which the article text implies are not a new addition) and STILL they get suicides?

    The suicides probably were induced by one of chemical in the electronic circuitry that impairs a normal production of serotonin subsequently lower level of serotonin in the blood stream can provoke depression and consequently suicide.

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