Wednesday January 28, 2004

[H]ardNews 6th Edition

Ethics & Cheap PCs:

Sudhian has posted an editorial that discusses a dark side of the PC industry. The need to offer the lowest possible price has led to many companies using labor from overseas that often ( almost never ) doesnآ’t meet the same strict standards we apply to our work place here in the US. Is this the price we pay for uber-cheap Dell, IBM and HP computers?? Interesting dilemma, endorse slave labor or go back to higher PC prices. Which would you choose?

Yesterday the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), a UK-based non-profit, released a report on the working conditions in computer production facilities in Mexico, China, and Thailand. The report, which inspected facilities maintained by HP, IBM, and Dell, slammed all three manufacturers for the appalling working conditions tolerated in the factories.