While Mark Zuckerberg's using his China trip for touristy things with girlfriend Priscilla Chan, Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken his China trip to do some Foxconn related PR-cleanup. When Cook first arrived Apple billed the trip as business-related discussions about "greater investment and growth" in China. But, with a trip to the Foxconn factory yesterday and other public appearances, Cook has used this Asian excursion for more than just business meetings.
Since Apple got pinned as the Face of Foxconn Problems, following Mike Daisey's controversial This American Life episode and The New York Times iEconomy series, the company has stuck to an "Apple cares" trope, which continues with Cook's trip. "Unfortunately some people are questioning Apple’s values today, and I’d like to address this with you directly," wrote Cook in a company wide email that made the Internet rounds following those two stories and the Apple is evil press that followed. "We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern. Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us. As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values. It’s not who we are," he continued.