Originally Posted by SaltwaterCooled
There's nothing wrong with you having an ethical business! It may ultimately affect profits, but it may also help with sales... I can't attest to any of the Foxconn issues, I have neither read enough on them or had immediate contact with them, but the quality of their product is also an important consideration. Perhaps you could offer both and attempt to better inform your consumers? Some may opt for a cheaper rig, others may want to demonstrate their principles.
I can attest to the Foxcon issue, but I have not read the whole thread yet.
Don't believe the hype you read in western media. Foxcon is actually one of the best companies to work for in China. They pay higher than any of the dozens of exactly similar factories in the same area that you heard they had troubles. They are actively sought after for pay, working conditions and benefits. They do all they can to help keep their workers happy and productive.
Just one example: You may have heard that some people committed suicide "for some reason". And it was made to look that Foxcon was both unsafe and depressing. It turned out that most of the problem was that their death benefit was TOO HIGH! They tried may things to stop it with out lowering benefits but they did not work. Once they added an no self inflicted injury clause to the benefits they whole issue stopped.
But they did not stop there. They also started a big move to help the #2 problem their workers have, the fact that they have to live so far from home. They are using Chinese government incentives to move factories inland.
So remember that ethics start at home and knowledge is power.