I’m talking about activists groups. I don’t know what it takes to become an activist group but I suspect that all that’s required is to have a complaint about something and to get someone else to help me form the group. It happens to Apple all the time.
The ‘Bad Apple’ Petition
The fact that it doesn’t take much to become an activist group– a complaint and a friend– probably explains why there are so many attacking Apple these days.
The latest comes from a group complaining about the chemicals used to manufacture the iPhone in China, some of which may threaten the health of factor workers there.
What? There’s danger in a factory? Who knew? Why hasn’t this made the headlines?
Apple is made out to be the bad guy despite the company’s efforts to boost employment, education, and the general health of factory workers in China.
Please note that Apple doesn’t own said factories. They’re owned by the Chinese, but Apple has deeper pockets and a higher public profile so guess who gets all the noise?
The latest activist group has banded together with another activist group to pressure Apple to abandon use of benzene and n-hexane which are used to make the iPhone.
If activist groups had been around 100 years ago when the U.S. steel industry was growing faster than Miley Cyrus’ reputation would we have even had an automobile industry?
From the archives of the fictional Steel Workers Labor Watch:
Our petition, ‘Bad Detroit’ hopes to get major manufacturers to stop using steel in their automobiles because making steel is dangerous; that stuff is hot and dirty and workers need to be protected.
Apple, of course, has responded to such complaints by upping its game. The company uses far less hazardous chemicals, thanks to a good corporate conscience and outside pressure. Critics say the cost to Apple for safer manufacturing would be less than $1 per device.
That got me to thinking about this whole activist group opportunity. Apparently it doesn’t take much to form an activist group these days. You, me and a complaint is all we need. So, let’s form an activist group and get a petition to bring back Microsoft co-founder Steve Ballmer to the Windows maker.
Ballmer was the second best Steve that ever happened to Apple.