Apple Inc.

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Where are their sweatshops located?

China and India

What products are made in these sweatshops?

iPhones, iPods, iPads, Apple watches, computers

What are the conditions of workers in these sweatshops?

Average factory worker's hourly wage in 2009 was 50 cents. In 2015 it raised to $4.50

Beech, H., & Jiang, C. (2012). THE CULT OF APPLE IN CHINA. Time, 180(1), 44-49.


The working conditions were very bad. In 2010, 18 workers jumped to their death off of Apple sweatshop roofs.

Consumer Federation of California. (2013, August 21). Retrieved January 15, 2016, from http://consumercal.org/why-are-we-supporting-apples-sweatshops/

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Did the company respond to acusations that they use sweatshops? Do they still use sweatshops?

After the suicide attempts they didn't change their working conditions, they put up nets to catch anyone else who tried to jump. Apple still uses sweatshops.

Consumer Federation of California. (2013, August 21). Retrieved January 15, 2016, from http://consumercal.org/why-are-we-supporting-apples-sweatshops/

How did the Industrial Revolution affect working conditions today?

We have child labor laws that doesn't allow children to work, now men and women can work the same jobs. The workers also get paid more and working conditions aren't bad. Workplaces are easier and safer.

Consumer Federation of California. (2013, August 21). Retrieved January 15, 2016, from http://consumercal.org/why-are-we-supporting-apples-sweatshops/

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What solutions/alternatives are their to sweatshops?

Child labor laws

Consumer Federation of California. (2013, August 21). Retrieved January 15, 2016, from http://consumercal.org/why-are-we-supporting-apples-sweatshops/

What did I learn?

I learned that working conditions were bad, people were over worked and worked in dangerous conditions. The workers usually stayed in tenements and used children to get into small places where men could not reach.

As an American consumer, are you know more concerned with how the products you buy are made? Why or why not?

I am not concerned now because of labor laws that are set into place in the United States... But, a lot of our products are shipped from other countries such as China which still use sweatshops, child labor and long, unfair working conditions.
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