Damage Control for Foxconn and Fonterra in China

Theo Spierings, CEO of New Zealand dairy producer Fonterra, arrives for a press conference in Beijing on Aug. 5 Photograph by Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images

More reminders that these are dangerous times for foreign multinationals in China. Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that makes iPhones and iPads for Apple at Chinese factories, is trying to control the damage from an Aug. 1 report by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, a nonprofit based in Beijing. The report said Hon Hai, Foxconn’s parent, released water tainted with heavy metals from its factories in the Huangpu River in Shanghai. The government is now investigating Foxconn and another manufacturer, UniMicron Technology, according to a report by the official Xinhua News Agency that cited an official from the local department of China’s environmental protection ministry.

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