Both Foxconn and UniMicron happen to be Taiwanese companies that supply parts to Apple Incorporated. A Chinese environmental supporter named Ma Jun complained that these companies were dumping water that had been laced with poisonous metals into the rivers. The fact was corroborated by five other groups too. In an industrial region near Shanghai, the release of the effluent was being investigated by indigenous officials. If they are found to be guilty of the crime, they will be charged under the auspices of the law. Foxconn especially is a very large conglomerate and a major provider of Apple. Both companies have flatly denied having anything to do with polluting China’s waterways. Apple meanwhile is closely inspecting its two suppliers and cooperating with the Chinese authorities.
After several controversial incidents which took place two years ago, Apple decided to opt for greater transparency. It is especially careful and scrupulous in its audits of these companies. Apple however came under the microscope when the labor rights abuses at its plants became news recently. With the pollution debate heating up, this is the second time Apple will come under fire from external sources. The plants of Foxconn and UniMicron are located in Kunshan. It is believed the toxic ores that are being unloaded into China’s water table can cause cancer. If proved true in court these allegations may warrant serious punishment.