For just $12.38 per iPhone, Apple could pay its workers a livable wage. 

Apple Wages Infographic

Today Apple’s shareowners will vote to approve the compensation packages of its top executives at its Annual Shareowner meeting in Cupertino, CA. The company broke records last quarter selling 74.5 million iPhones and earning $18 billion in profits. Executives will be rewarded lavishly: Tim Cook, CEO: $1.7 million salary, $9.2 million total compensation Other senior VPs: $947,596 salary, $28 million […]

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Apple soars. Workers suffer.

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The world’s most popular product relies on poverty wages, as low at $0.27 per iPhone. Apple made headlines last week when it announced record-setting profits from its most recent business quarter (Oct-Dec 2014, Apple’s fiscal Q1). $74.6 billion revenue $18 billion in pure profit $142 billion net cash reserves 74.5 million iPhones sold Apple fiscal Q1 numbers, as reported by […]

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The Fairness Gap: Poverty persists among West African cocoa farmers

Fairness Gap Report

The problem of forced child labor and human trafficking on West African cocoa farms has been known problem since roughly 2000, when a number of investigative reports came out exposing the severity of this issue. These reports spurred a reaction among policy makers and businesses, though for nearly a decade work to reduce the incidences in labor abuse in the sector […]

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Samsung Handed a Rough Report Card for Worker Health and Safety


Recently, Dan Watch and Electronics Watch released Winds of Change, a report which details the harsh working conditions of the electronics manufacturing sector, particularly the problems caused by occupational exposure to dangerous chemicals. The report compiles all known cases of occupational illness among people who have worked at Samsung since 2006/2007. The total number of illnesses is likely much greater […]

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“Big Chocolate” brings in $83 billion per year. Where does all this money end up?

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The global chocolate industry commands more than $83 billion annually, but how much of this gets back to the farmers? Since most chocolate on US store shelves comes from West Africa, Green America has been persistently pressuring US cocoa companies to step up and take care of the workers—and child laborers—in their supply chains. This infographic traces the conventional cocoa supply […]

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October Means Chocolate. This Year Choose Responsibly.

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Last year, Americans collectively spent more than $2 billion on Halloween candy. This year, the National Retail Federation estimates that the average person will spend nearly $80 on Halloween items, including candy, costume, and decorations! What if all this money went to support businesses committed to people and planet, rather than conventional businesses, with little regard for workers’ rights or […]

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Spotlight on Hershey, 2 Years Later

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Exactly two years ago, Hershey announced it would source only ethically certified cocoa by 2020. This announcement came after years of pressure on Hershey to prevent child labor on West African cocoa farms from Green America members and our allies Two years later, we’re checking on Hershey’s progress and on how these commitments have impacted cocoa growing communities. But first, […]

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Two Years of Broken Promises

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Green America and China Labor Watch (CLW) today released the findings of an undercover investigation we conducted in August 2014 at one of Apple’s 2nd tier supplier factories: Catcher Technology in Suqian. This factory manufactures metal casings for a number of consumer electronics companies including Apple, Inc. While at the factory, the investigator worked on parts for the iPad. This factory’s sister factories, […]

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