Target: Apple CEO Tim Cook
Goal: Thank Apple for moving production to the U.S.
Apple Computers has developed an unfortunate reputation in the last few years, not because of the quality of their products, but because of the conditions their products are manufactured under. The Chinese Foxconn factories that Apple uses have become infamous for the miserable conditions workers face and the harrowing spate of suicides that have occurred within the factories.
However, Apple has decided to begin moving production to the United States. Rumors of Apple bringing production to the U.S. had been abundant but CEO Tim Cook only recently revealed that they were true. Cook divulged that one (as of now unrevealed) line of Mac products would soon be 100% produced in America, with others to hopefully follow.
Apple’s decision to begin manufacturing in the U.S. is a refreshing shift in the company’s culture. They are moving away from the pseudo-slave labor that exists in Foxconn factories. There have been numerous allegations of ethnic discrimination in the factories, as well as reports of generally unsafe working conditions.
Furthermore, there have been an absurd number of suicides at Foxconn establishments; the stress associated with the factories drives workers to kill themselves. Additionally, the opening of American Apple factories will help to quell domestic unemployment numbers.
Apple has a long way to go in terms of how their products are manufactured, but this is a start. They are beginning to sever ties with Foxconn, thereby making their products more ethical and sustainable. Thank Tim Cook and Apple for bringing production to America.
Dear Mr. Cook,
For years Apple’s products have been successful and well regarded. Unfortunately, the factories where they are produced and the working conditions there have not received the same praise.
The Foxconn factories in China where many Apple products are manufactured have been at the wrong end of numerous allegations of substandard working conditions and have played host to a disturbing rash of suicides. It is refreshing then, to hear that you intend on moving the production of select Apple products to the United States.
This decision will bring numerous benefits. It is high time that Apple, and myriad other companies, sever their ties with organizations like Foxconn. Secondly, your decision to bring manufacturing jobs to the U.S. will help assuage unemployment and bolster the American economy.
Thank you for starting to move the manufacturing of Apple products to America. I wish you and the company the best in this.
[Your Name Here]
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