Boycotting Apple Updates/Poisoning Chinese Workers – 2 Groups to Urge Consumers to Avoid ‘Bad Apples’ Until Workplace Conditions Improve
… March 12th News Advisory and Daybook Item … “BAD APPLE” ALERT: CONSUMERS TO BE URGED TO HOLD OFF ON UPGRADING iPHONES, iPADS UNTIL APPLE STOPS POISONING CHINESE WORKERS Would It Take Less Than a Dollar Per Device to Fix Apple’s Poisonous Practices? Green America and China Labor Watch to Urge No-Upgrade Commitment From Consumers and Release Action Toolkit. WASHINGTON, D.C.//NEWS ADVISORY//–On March 12, 2014, two groups — Green America and China Labor Watch — will urge consumers to petition Apple to stop poisoning Chinese workers. The two groups will show the shockingly small amount of money per device it would take for Apple — one of the most profitable firms on the planet – to stop needlessly exposing workers in Chinese manufacturing facilities to toxic chemicals now causing severe illnesses. During a live, phone-based news event at1:30 p.m. EDT/10:30 a.m. PDT on March 12th, Green America also will unveil an action toolkit and short documentary to help individuals get involved into nudging Apple into adopting safer chemical procedures in its factories. Phone-based news event speakers will include: * Elizabeth O’Connell, campaign director, Green America; * Kevin Slaten, program coordinator, China Labor Watch; * Heather White, filmmaker and network fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University; and * Jack Linchuan Qiu, professor of journalism and communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and advisor, Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM). TO PARTICIPATE: You can join this live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 1:30 p.m. EDT/10:30 a.m. PDT on March 12, 2014 by dialing 1-877-418-4267 (for US-based media) or 1-412-717-9585 (for international media). Ask for the “Bad Apple” telenews event. CAN’T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of the news event will be available on the Web atwww.greenamerica.org as of 5 p.m. EDT/2 p.m. PDT on March 12, 2014. MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Frank, (703) 276-3264 firstname.lastname@example.org. Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses, investors, and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems. http://www.greenamerica.org. Founded in 2000, China Labor Watch is an independent not-for-profit organization. In the past ten years, CLW has collaborated with unions, labor organizations and the media to conduct a series of in-depth assessments of factories in China that produce toys, bikes, shoes, furniture, clothing, and electronics for some of the largest U.S. companies. CLW’s New York office creates reports from these investigations, educates the international community on supply chain labor issues, and pressures corporations to improve conditions for workers.