In a story about working conditions at the device factories of Apple’s rivals, a reporter for the New York Times asked Barnes & Noble, among other device manufacturers, about working conditions along its supply chain (Disruptions: Too Much Silence on Working Conditions):
Apple’s rivals are quick to say how much better, faster, cheaper or more popular their smartphones, computers and tablets are.
Yet when it comes to working conditions in the Chinese factories that build these competing products, Apple’s electronics rivals have been silent lately.
The answer from Barnes & Noble, the maker of the Nook e-reader, was typical.
Mary Ellen Keating, a senior vice president, said only, “We don’t comment on our supply chain vendors.”
Read more at the New York Times.