A Spiritual Life, the Co-operative Business Model, Green Business, NGOs, the World Social Forum, Solidarity Economics, and Scandanavian pro-Labor Social Democracy are among existing practices which offer an alternative to the prevailing destructive corporate and campaign finance models. Here, I invite people to explore Grassroots Sustainability and Social Responsibility through Social and Ecological Political Economics.
The spiritual basis of this discussion is essential.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Apple in the NY Times
The Fair Labor Association has been one of the organizations providing the major work of creating a system to make corporations accountable for the labor conditions in the factories they use in developing nations. DemocracyNow provides their probing follow up to recent NY Times reporting.
Further on in the discussion, there are comments about the US as a model for working conditions which are very naive, I think. See Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed and her sequel, a book called White Collar Sweatshops, and the New York Times' piece some years ago about McWade Industries where at least one death highlights atrocious conditions contrasted with ACIPCO.
Apple, Accustomed to Profits and Praise, Faces Outcry for Labor Practices at Chinese Factories
Protesters visited a half-dozen Apple stores around the world to deliver petitions calling for reforms in the working conditions at factories run by Apple’s suppliers in China. The protests come on the heels of recent revelations of harsh conditions and onerous work environments at Apple’s controversial Chinese supplier Foxconn, where more than a dozen employees have committed suicide. We’re joined by New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg, who helped break the story about the human costs of Apple products for workers in China. We’re also joined by Mike Daisey, whose acclaimed one-man show, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," is based partly on his visits to Apple’s Chinese factories and his interviews with the workers there. "I want Apple to take real responsibility," Daisey says. "They have the resources to change this overnight." ,,,,