iECONOMY: Factory Upgrade by Jonah Kessel

By: Jonah Kessel
Source: http://vimeo.com/jonahkessel

This video is part of a series that won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting on April 15, 2013 http://bit.ly/11aWqlz. See the entire iECONOMY series here http://nyti.ms/ZDNRNA

For the New York Times | By Jonah M. Kessel

In the winter of 2011, I visited the Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China, where many popular Apple products are made. However, I was not greeted with open arms. Foxconn denied any interviews and did not allowed us access to their facility. Employees of Foxconn we found outside the factory gates complained of grimm working conditions. (That report here: https://vimeo.com/35674511)

Over the year, the New York Times and other media outlets reported on this and Apple responded saying they would improve conditions for workers.

One year later, I returned to Foxconn with New York Times’ Hong Kong Bureau Chief Keith Bradsher as well as factories producing for Hewlett-Packard in Western China, to see what had changed since our initial investigations. This time around, Foxconn in Chengdu allowed us to interview employees as well as visit employee dormitories. Their reaction a year later showed a culture change. While at HP, manufactories there gave us full access to work areas, recreational areas, dormitories and eating facilities.

This video documents what we found.

See accompanying story: Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China by Keith Bradsher and Charles Duihigg http://nyti.ms/WIJmSA and slideshow of still images by photographer Gilles Sabrie http://nyti.ms/WIJv8D .

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