Corporate Responsibility and Marketing Strategies
Robyn Wright Herman
Dr. Tonya D. Moore
January 28, 2014
Corporate responsibility and Marketing Strategies are essential in today’s market and to any premier company in this day and age. Researching Apple’s ethical and social responsibility and their position will allow the consumer to determine if the company is meeting or exceeding their responsibility. Exploring the publications which documents the impact of the company’s reputation as a result of any violations will be outlined in this document. The paper will also outline what methods can be utilized in the future to ensure that its suppliers ...view middle of the document...
Apple’s suppliers have been found exercising unethical practices of underage laborers, dangerous working conditions, compromised audit reports, and bribery. Where Apple is noted for being the leader in inventing products in its class it’s also known for being a follower and lacking in business ethics. No question of the success of this company, however a disbelief that a company of this magnitude doesn’t rank at the top amongst its competitors in social responsibility.
Although Apple still leads in the technology industry recent unethical findings have definitely impacted the company and its reputation. Apple’s unethical code to secrecy allows for only a portion of its neglect and bad practices to surface. Hawthorne’s publication “Apple’s Appalling Ethics” allowed for the public to speak out leaving comments, consumer's anecdotes, and word of mouth contributed and impacted the success of the company. Comments such as “Of course Apple is unethical” on the internet becomes a petition for activist and a great sales story for its competitors. The company also incurred large expenses in corrective measures. The Atlantic’s “Who’s really to blame for Apple’s Chinese Labor Problems?” reports the company hired the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate the working conditions and planned for exclusive footage to be filmed from inside its factories. The common consumer does not inspect the production and work environments of most products they purchase until something causes the public attention. This creates the minority of its consumer’s knowledge to the majority. Due to its exclusive products they create its very challenging to create a devastating impact to the success of such a company nevertheless many supporters have ceased its relationship based on these facts.
Forbes “Where is Apple’s Social Purpose” states reviews of Apple’s Supplier Responsibility Reports confirms that they have taken action to cease the unethical practices and put in measures to prevent its reoccurrence. Periodic ghost shadowing should immediately be implemented in supplier’s workplaces by Apple’s Corporate Executives and the discovery of any illegal and unethical practices should institute immediate action. Diversified Risk Management states that these practices are proven to reduce theft, poor performances, product tampering, and other criminal activity. Due to the demand for work, the suppliers would jeopardize its relationship if found liable for not following the code. Repetitive publicized action would result in companies adhering to the practices as well as satisfying the public eye. Reducing its foreign suppliers creates a need for increased local support along with exclusive televised reports on the local companies, employee outreach programs and work incentives could create awareness and a desire for more support to increase the well-being of the economy and its community.