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Thu Feb 5, 2015, 03:38 AM

 

Amazon's overseas labor policy: Trust us/Foxconn produces Kindle Fire

While Apple and some other corporations have increased public reporting about their global suppliers, Amazon has not released information about who produces its brands or the results of watchdog audits.

Overseas suppliers manufacture thousands of Amazon.com products ranging from Kindles to pillows to lawn chairs. All the suppliers are supposed to comply with an Amazon code of standards that includes a ban on child labor and forced labor.

But in an era when worker- and human-rights activists are pressing for increased disclosure, Amazon remains mum about which international suppliers make these products and about the results of watchdog audits.

Amazon officials said the company works with Bureau Veritas, a global firm that offers inspection, audit and certification services, and Amazon managers participate in many audits. But they declined to disclose any of the audit results...

Amazon's most publicized labor issues have flared in the United States, where it employs tens of thousands of workers in fulfillment-center warehouses....Earlier this year, The Seattle Times reported on harsh conditions at a Campbellsville, Ky., warehouse, where employees who complained about the workplace feared losing their jobs and a former human-resources employee said managers strategized on how to shed injured workers.

With the past half-decade, Amazon also has rapidly expanded a network of overseas suppliers to manufacture products such as Kindle e-readers, as well as lines of furnishings, electronics and other private-label merchandise.

Earlier this year, The New York Times published a lengthy examination of Foxconn's treatment of workers producing iPhones. Foxconn also does contract work for Amazon, according to Ken Hui, a Hong Kong-based analyst for Jefferies, a banking and investment firm. Hui, who says his information is based on supply-industry sources, says Foxconn produces Kindle e-readers and one model of the Kindle Fires...

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020017651_amazonsuppliers30m.html


Amazon taps Foxconn for 10-inch Kindle Fire, says report

Amazon will consign production of a 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet to Foxconn, according to an Asia-based report. If true, this would mean that Amazon has its sights on a slightly bigger tablet than previous reports have claimed.

Shipments of the 10-inch class Fire would begin in the second quarter, according to a report in DigiTimes.

http://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-taps-foxconn-for-10-inch-kindle-fire-says-report/


Apple, Amazon contractor boss calls workers “animals”

The chairman of the Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn, Terry Gou, referred to his workers as “animals” during an appearance at the Taipei City Zoo on Friday. The remark caused an uproar. He later apologized and said the media had distorted his comments.

Foxconn produces around 40% of the world’s consumer electronic devices, including Apple’s iPad, the Amazon Kindle, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and many more.

http://www.latitudenews.com/story/foxconn-boss-calls-workers-animals/

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ND-Dem Feb 2015 OP
dissentient Feb 2015 #1
ND-Dem Feb 2015 #2
dissentient Feb 2015 #3
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Sherman A1 Feb 2015 #4
winterwar Feb 2015 #6
winterwar Feb 2015 #5
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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 04:13 AM

1. Well, you're on a tear tonight with the amazon threads

 

that's for sure.

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Response to dissentient (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 04:26 AM

2. How many OPs about vaccination this week? Are labor issues less important?

 

How many posts were there attacking the San Francisco bookstore owner who cited SF's new $15/hour minimum wage as his reason for closing (albeit the owner didn't make $15 an hour himself)...

v. the number of posts defending Bezos...

DU loves big capital, if it's not southern, and hates small business.

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Response to ND-Dem (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 04:48 AM

3. How many were about vaccination? About a billion too many

 

I trashed most of them. This vaccination posting craze was too much, at least for me.

I just noticed you were posting up a storm tonight about amazon, with numerous negative threads all at once.

I guess you are making up for lost time, now that the vaccination craze is finally dying down. Just wondered what set you off, and now I know.

Anyway, post away!

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Response to dissentient (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 05:19 AM

4. ?



Amazon's labor practices both domestic and it appears international leave some serious questions that should be answered. I appreciate threads like these that keep labor issues with directly and indirectly affect us all.

My offer my thanks to the OP.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 06:28 AM

6. Agreed

I like seeing how these big companies really operate from a labor perspective. Pretty easy to see how they can afford to sell everything for less. They pay everybody terribly for the labor that gets products made and shipped.

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Response to dissentient (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 06:25 AM

5. Good

Amazon is terrible. I have never bought anything from Amazon and I never will. This is one of the many reasons why. They are driving wages down across the globe. I can't understand why I have many friends who hate Walmart for the same reason. But they still shop on Amazon. I guess having terrible labor policies is ok with some "liberals" as long as you give them expedient deliveries.

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Response to ND-Dem (Original post)

Thu Feb 5, 2015, 06:37 AM

7. Watch out now

People hate finding out the that the "sweet deal" they got was due to screwing the workers every step of the way. I remember all the "liberals" who got upset because they got their denial bubble popped when the foxconn story broke a few years back. Amazon is worse than apple when it comes to labor, but I don't see the same backlash. Amazing how people will look the other way to save a few bucks.

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