Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Better Labor Conditions Require Both Good Policy and Effective Policing

December 22, 2014

A recent BBC documentary revealed harsh working conditions in Taiwanese factories owned by Pegatron, a major supplier of Apple iPhone and iPads. Commenting in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Richard Locke, director of the Watson Institute and chair of the Apple Academic Advisory Board, commended Apple for its efforts to improve labor conditions across its supply chain, and said that effective policing was often the issue.

"BBC Says Apple Suppliers Continue to Violate Labor Standards" - The Wall Street Journal

"BBC Documentary Shows Harsh Conditions for Workers in iPhone Factories" - The New York Times