Analyze ethical issues in business
Apple, Inc. is one of the most successful companies in the United States, yet in recent years it has been strongly criticized for its treatment of Chinese factory workers who assemble their products. Read this article, The Two Faces of Apple, published by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, for an overview of the criticism of Apple's business conduct. If you are unfamiliar with Apple as a company, be sure to also visit its website for a review of its products.
Find two other articles that address Apple's treatment of workers. Try to find articles that add new information to the topic and which come from reputable sources such as widely circulated newspapers or magazines or nonpartisan organizations.
After reading more about the issue, answer the following questions in an essay of a suggested length of two to three pages:
1. In your opinion, has Apple shown a lapse in ethics? Justify your response by citing the two articles you researched and apply the terms and concepts from Exploring Business.
2. What changes could Apple make to address the criticism of its ethics? Is there a way to improve the treatment of its factory workers while maintaining a competitive price for its products?