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Dear Tim Cook: Fraction of Icahn Request Could Significantly Address Apple’s Labor Rights Violations
November 1, 2013 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogAs the size of Apple’s cash reserves continues to mount, the company has come under increasing pressure to return more of those reserves to shareholders, through dividends and/or stock buy backs.
September 18, 2013 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogThe hot debate over whether the new iPhones incorporate substantial improvements, or will spur even larger profits for Apple, misses a fundamental point.
July 31, 2013 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogOver the past year, discussion of the conditions faced by workers in Apple’s supply chain has focused almost exclusively on what changes have, or have not, occurred at certain factories of its largest supplier, Foxconn.
May 15, 2013 | By Isaac Shapiro | Economic SnapshotApple’s exceptionally large cash reserve led it to recently announce that it would expand the amount of funds to be returned to its shareholders through dividends and stock repurchases.
May 1, 2013 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogThe latest issue of the Boston Review features a thought-provoking essay by MIT Professor Richard Locke entitled “Can Global Brands Create Just Supply Chains,” as well as a series of responses (including one I authored that this blog draws from).
April 24, 2013 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogIn conjunction with its April 23 quarterly earnings report, Apple issued a separate announcement that it is doubling its “capital return program” and will return $100 billion to shareholders by the end of 2015.
March 20, 2013 | By Isaac Shapiro | CommentaryFor more than a year, there has been a high-profile debate over what Apple should do with its enormous cash reserve, now amounting to $137 billion.
January 16, 2013 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogTo its credit, Apple is now posting monthly information tracking the extent to which employees in its supply chain are working less than its standard of 60 hours per week.
December 20, 2012 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogAn undercover documentary report recently aired on France’s public television station found disturbing new evidence that the living and working conditions of the factory workers making the iPhone 5 are grim.
Nearly four years in, what do cost-benefit data show for the major Obama EPA rules, and what do they imply for the economy?
September 25, 2012 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogWith the issuance in August of the fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for cars for model years 2017–2025, the Obama administration may have now put forth the last major Environmental Protection Agency rule of its term.
September 24, 2012 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogThe latest red flag that all is not well with iPhone 5 production is the overnight riot that occurred at the dormitory of one of Foxconn’s plants in China that “makes parts for Apple’s iPhones and hardware for other companies” (quoting from NPR).
September 20, 2012 | By Isaac Shapiro | Blog“It is disappointing that no matter how advanced the technology introduced by Apple is, the old problems in working conditions remain at its major supplier Foxconn.” — SACOM, Sept.
June 29, 2012 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogChina Labor Watch just released a new report investigating working conditions at 10 of Apple’s suppliers in China, including the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen.
May 1, 2012 | By Isaac Shapiro | BlogApple’s latest “blowout” quarterly report, as well as an examination of its executive pay levels, underscores how easy it would be for the company to improve the working conditions of the Foxconn workers in China assembling Apple products.
April 30, 2012 | By Isaac Shapiro | Analysis and OpinionThis analysis compares the compensation of Apple’s top executives to the compensation received by the Chinese workers of Apple’s supplier Foxconn.