Corporate Responsibility and Marketing Strategies
Student Name: Gaurang S. Patel
Professor’s Name: Dr. Bridges
Course Title: BUS 508 – Contemporary Business
Date: 27th April 2014
Ethical and Social Responsibilities
The two ethical and social responsibilities towards the world are
1) Environmental Responsibility
2) Supplier Responsibility
1. Environmental Responsibility: Electricity is used to power electronic devices. As more and more products are being made the energy demand has gone up significantly. Since, most of our energy comes from burning fossil fuel. It pollutes environment leading to environmental issues and health issues.
i. Toxin free products: Many ...view middle of the document...
2. Supplier Responsibility: Apple has massive sales of $171 billion in revenues. Apple products are designed in USA. But, since production and workforce is cheaper in foreign nations, they build their products through suppliers.
i. Eradicate unethical hiring
ii. Exploitation of workers
iii. Excessive work hours
iv. Protecting student workers from exploitation
v. Preventing under age labor
vi. Responsible sources of minerals
vii. Training work force
viii. Worker well-being
ix. Emergency preparedness
Table 1.1 Labor and Human Rights
Category | Practices in compliance | Management Systems Compliance |
Anti-discrimination | 87% | 78% |
Fair treatment of workers | 96% | 88% |
Prevention of involuntary labor and human trafficking | 87% | 85% |
Prevention of underage labor | 97% | 91% |
Juvenile worker protection | 73% | 66% |
Working hours | 95%* | * |
Wages and benefits | 75% | 72% |
Freedom of association | 99% | 97% |
Overall compliance | 81% | 77% |
Table 1.2 Health and Safety
Category | Practice in Compliance | Management Systems Compliance |
Occupational injury prevention | 72% | 63% |
Prevention of chemical exposure | 82% | 76% |
Emergency prevention, preparedness, and response | 77% | 67% |
Occupational safety procedures and systems | 80% | 78% |
Ergonomics | 70% | 65% |
Dormitory and dining | 70% | 76% |
Health and safety communication | 73% | 61% |
Overall compliance | 77% | 71% |
Apple has profound 451 audits for the past year (2013). Apple has set a code for a maximum of 60 work hours per week with at least one day rest per week. It also protects workers against discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. They also prohibit pregnancy test or medical for discrimination.
Ethics and Social Responsibilities Violations
Labor groups have complained about low morale, substances wages, over crowdies and excessive hours on Apple’s suppliers, which has lead to suicides. A typical worker shares a dormitory room with 9 other workers and works 11 to 13 hours shifts. Apple has been criticized by environmentalist because of its supply chain pollution. Apple suppliers had several pollution problems from toxic gases to heavy metals sludge. The toxic discharge from Apple suppliers was encroaching into local communities and environment. They have also face criticism over denied injured workers proper compensation, punitive actions to keep employees in line. Employees have also been fined for not reaching production target.
Wage and benefits standards policies for Supplier’s employees
1) Training Workforce:
i. Apple needs to convey its supplier standards to the supplier’s work force. Workforce should be trained for these code and local laws so they can know if their rights are being violated. They also need to emphasize on imparting knowledge for fire safety, hazardous chemical management, personal protection equipment,...