Taking a Bite Out of Apple (Spanish Translation): Labor Rights and the Role of Companies and Consumers in a Global Supply Chain (Spanish)

by: Andrew Hoffman

Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Length: 16 pages
Product ID#: 1-429-406

Core Disciplines: Ethics, International Business, Operations Management/Supply Chain, Strategy & Management

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This case is the Spanish language translation of the case “Taking a Bite Out of Apple: Labor Rights and the Responsibility of Companies and Consumers in a Global Supply Chain”, # 1-429-372. It is an instructional tool for teaching the concepts of fair labor standards in a global market, supply chain management issues, and how a business deals with a crisis situation of media allegations of substandard labor practices. Students are asked to analyze supply chain and labor rights issues in order to come up with a response for Apple to the allegations of abuse at Foxconn. Students are also asked to discuss the role the media and consumers play in a company’s labor policies. This enables the students to better understand the complex issues of labor rights in the supply chain and viral media in a connected, globalized world. This case was written under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman at the University of Michigan by graduate students Kelsea Ballantyne, Zicheng Bi, Nate Underwood, and Xiling Weng.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Understand and illustrate how complicated fair labor supply chain issues are in a globalized, interconnected world.
  • Demonstrate responses to viral media by highly recognizable, consumer-facing businesses to human rights allegations.
  • Consider the role of businesses in labor rights and responsible contracting.