Foxconn is an electronics manufacturing company based in Taiwan, producing products like Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, iPods), Amazon Kindles and PlayStations. Estimates are that Foxconn is responsible for manufacturing 40% of all consumer electronics worldwide.
In 2010, Foxconn was in the news because of a slew of worker suicides that were the result of bad working conditions. The stories were horrific, and their effect rippled down to the companies who used Foxconn as a supplier—most notably Apple.
The Foxconn controversy made headlines all over the world, and CEO Steve Jobs was forced to make a statement about Apple’s relationship with Foxconn. In the end, there were calls for Apple to address the problem, and, further, for consumers to boycott Apple products.