and here we have an example...
...of someone who believes everything they read, and more so assumes that Apple's competition is different from that.
Fact: Apple is one of only a few companies that not only does on-site inspections of their provider facilities, but they do both scheduled and random inspections, have an accountability statement with heavy fines, PUBLISHES their findings openly, and has terminated numerous vendors based on those findings prior to press releases about them.
Fact: the "chemical" issues (n-Hexane I'm assuming you refer to): that is in fact NOT even banned here in the USA. http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthguidelines/n-hexane/recognition.html. It has been the choice of some apple suppliers to switch to or from n-Hexane, as chemicals are available and vary in price, and sometimes this happens between inspection cycles and the provider is lax in providing appropriate ventilation.
Fact: Apple finds children in factories regularly. 14 and 15 year olds are found occasionally, through apple's inspection processes. It is BANNED, but in some cases not illegal in the countries in question. These are 3rd party facilities, that signed and agreed to standards tey did not uphold. on finding this out, those companies were fined by apple or lost their contracts, and the underage employees were terminated. Sony, HP, Nokia, and many more do not perform regular audits for child labor. They demand no kids, but have no enforcement in countries where such is not illegal. Apple admits it, and stops it, so you hear about it, the others are silent... Who do you trust more?
Apple's green record. For 4 years, they have been the single most green company in manufacturing of consumer electronics. Prior to that they were very gren, but simply because they failed to provide that information in a format Greenpeace liked, they got poor ratings. They were compliant, and documented it, but not the right "way" so they looked bad in Greenpeace's numbers. As for recycling, that's on the consumer, not the parent company. They have a recycling program, but it's not free. bfd.
Hours? Apple limits all employees to 60 hours max, and mandates overtime pay for all employees working over 40 hours in all countries. Even US law doesn't go that far. My own employment is under less strict terms than Apple's. "fair" wages are also enforced (well above minimums).
Warranty? They HAVE honored the warranty and legal obligations on ALL of their products. Just because they want to take time (a few WEEKS) to officially confirm a defect is real and warrants a recall or warranty extension, you want to give them shit for it? After a few weeks, or a few months, they have confirmed nearly every reported defect, fixed it, extended warranties, and more. Has Dell done the same? nope... in many cases courts were called into action, and INVESTIGATIONS were held. no fines issued, no improper actions found. In some of those cases, a recall was never issued, and ruled correct, one did not have to be. I got a $200 check from apple for a product I owned that i never even filed a claim on, and it was NOT a settlement check, it was simply a "value refund" and it came with a 3 year warranty extension on top, as they had identified a potential fault effecting the life of the product. No battery issues with apple devices have EVER come back proven based on design issues, only based on Sony's own recall of batteries.
Censorship? That applies to control of free speech, not leaks and product announcements. "Do Not Talk About What is Not Yet Released" is not only a solid policy, it's SUPPORTED by the courts, aggressively in many cases.
For ANY of the faults you mention, which were trumped up by the news, and in many cases turned out to be FUD in the first place I can name 5 companies that hev bee brought up on charges and PUNISHED for the exact same thing. There's only so much control Apple can have over it's suppliers. They exert IMMENSE control, far in excess of their competitors using similar facilities in similar nations. ts a fact of our economy, we simply can not ask Apple to change unless the REST also do. Holding just them accountable without the rest is BULLSHIT, especially when their record is cleaner and they hold stronger accountability.