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  • Apple's 'Pollution Partner' Pegatron Facing Criticism in China


    Apple's iPhone-manufacturing partner Pegatron is disparagingly being called Cupertino's pollution partner in reports surfacing out of the far east today.

    A new environmental report shows that three of the company's iPhone-producing facilities in China are responsible for excessive pollution. Pegatron's subsidiaries, however, aren't simply having a finger pointed at them. Two of the company's subsidiaries have already been fined in response to water pollution.

    According to Digitimes, Pegatron has responded to the claims by saying that it is "currently purchasing equipment to eliminate both noise and waste gas released and the subsidiary will continue to proceed with replacing old equipment as well as having a regular maintenance schedule."

    Meanwhile, Pegatron's other two subsidiaries, which were fined because of releasing polluted water, have already made improvements to its production lines and will continue to negotiate with local residents and government to resolve the situation.
    The company is expected to further address the problems and their proposed remedies on October 27th, when Pegatron is set to hold an investor conference.

    Although Apple has a longstanding public record of demanding environmentally-responsible business practices and product development and manufacturing, its partners have had less-than-impeccable records on pollution control. In early 2011, for example, environmental groups in China banded together and collectively accused Apple of being one of the least responsible technology firms when it comes to environmental concerns and workers' rights.

    Source: Digitimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's 'Pollution Partner' Pegatron Facing Criticism in China started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      In the end it will still fall on Apple. Apple can "demand" all they want......but unless they find a way to enforce those practices or penalize their partners if they don't comply then there is really no way to fix the issue.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      It's pretty commonly known that when a company calls themselves "green" here in America, that simply means that their practices in America are green. We effectively ship our pollution overseas. This isn't just Apple, this is plenty of companies, though Apple does like to toot their own horn about how green they are being.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Why should Apple be taking any responsibility for partners not following the laws and regulations of their own countries. Does Pegatron demand things from Apple to be their partner or keep tabs on their practices?... No.. That's silly. Govermentnts regulate companies... Don't blame Apple for things they can't directly control. If Apple were to own their partners that would be a totally different story... But not the case.
    1. dman112's Avatar
      dman112 -
      Yeah apple isn’t green they can try and call them selves green but if they every decide to improve on being green they wouldn’t be on top. Apple is banking on the continuation of minor upgrades. The iphone 2g,3g,3GS,4,4S. These in between upgrades are the biggest problems we look at today with E-waste. Why don’t they update their iphone every 2 years and come up with a awesome phone that does so much more than the previous iphone. These minor upgrades piss me off so much but it seems like it is the only way to make a decent profit.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Why should Apple be taking any responsibility for partners not following the laws and regulations of their own countries.
      They could, if they thought it was important enough to do so.

      Does Pegatron demand things from Apple to be their partner or keep tabs on their practices?... No.. That's silly.
      If Pegatron didn't demand some things from Apple as condition of their partnership, they'd be fools.

      Of COURSE they do. It's what "contract" means. Apple having more clout, is in a position to demand more, and so the contracts Apple signs tend to favor Apple more than they do other parties..

      Govermentnts regulate companies...
      Governments regulate pursuant to their own interests.

      The government of China regulates business consistent with its primary mandates, and "environmental concerns" are very far down on the lists of priorities. A large proportion of Chinese laws against pollution are enforced randomly, and only when personal interests of individual politicians are threatened.

      Apple does business in China because its much cheaper to do that (for comparable quality) than in the US or most other places. Its a sound financial policy. However, the numbers of profit and expense aren't the only things in the modern balance sheet, and Apple has shown themselves to be at least somewhat aware of other relevant factors.

      Don't blame Apple for things they can't directly control. If Apple were to own their partners that would be a totally different story... But not the case.
      Apple can't dictate enforcement of Chinese Law to Chinese companies, or even to the Chinese government. They can however, gently, quietly and effectively exert influence. They (and any other entity of their size) do this all the time, in every country they do business.

      Apple's lawyers write contracts and terms that Apple's corporate leaders hand out to others every day. Sometimes they get amended. Usually Apple gets some of what they want. Apple never held a gun to your head, forcing you to accept their "Terms of Use" when you turned on your iPhone, but somehow.... they got you to agree to certain things that you might or might not accept. Apple doesn't "own" you, but they can insist that you do some things and forbid you to do others.

      Apple can cut off your service or take you to court if you break those agreements. They may not have the "power" to prevent you from jailbreaking, but it is very much in their power to discourage and influence your behavior. Apple probably can't "stop" Pegatron from doing nasty things to the environment, and it wouldn't be in their interests to try. Still, Apple could do more to encourage Pegatron to be more careful. Whether it would be in Apple's interests to do so, I can't really say.
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by dman112 View Post
      Yeah apple isnít green they can try and call them selves green but if they every decide to improve on being green they wouldnít be on top. Apple is banking on the continuation of minor upgrades. The iphone 2g,3g,3GS,4,4S. These in between upgrades are the biggest problems we look at today with E-waste. Why donít they update their iphone every 2 years and come up with a awesome phone that does so much more than the previous iphone. These minor upgrades piss me off so much but it seems like it is the only way to make a decent profit.
      If you took all the cell phones that ended up in land fills and took out all the .005% of gold in the boards it would be worth over a billion USD.