Since Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, took over management of the company, Apple has made a number of significant moves to address concerns about how its products are made, reports Nick Wingfield in Monday’s New York Times. And it may well be in this area that Mr. Cook makes his earliest and most important mark on the company.
Mr. Cook is an expert in Apple’s supply chain and is credited with transforming its operations into the envy of the electronics industry. An array of partners, mostly in Asia, are able to efficiently pump out the company’s latest products. Just last week Mr. Cook visited a factory in Asia run by Foxconn, where Apple products are made. Shortly after his visit, an audit commissioned by Apple criticized the long hours and dangerous working conditions at plants run by Foxconn.