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Apple finds 17 labor violations by suppliers

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 Feb 2010 15:54 User comments (2)

Apple finds 17 labor violations by suppliers Apple Inc. has reported that it discovered 17 violations of its Supplier Code of Conduct by foreign suppliers. Apple began carrying out audits back in 2006 when it emerged that workers were being abused and mistreated by a Chinese manufacturer that assembled iPods. Three of the 17 violations involved the hiring of underage workers.
"Across the three facilities, our auditors found records of 11 workers who had been hired prior to reaching the legal age, although the workers were no longer underage or no longer in active employment at the time of our audit," Apple said in its report. The auditors reviewed the employment records to analyze how the underage workers were hired, and required each facility to implement better identification verification.

In another three cases, suppliers had contracted with non-certified vendors for the disposal of hazardous waste material. Apple requires each facility to contact certified vendors for this task. They also must engage a third-party consultant and undergo a review of their systems for managing the waste.

In eight cases, agency recruiters had charged foreign workers excessive fees. An auditor investigated the hiring process and required the suppliers to reimburse the workers. The report said that in the past two years, workers have been reimbursed $2.2 million.

There were three cases of facilities providing falsified records, two which involved working hours and days of rest and one that involved the underage labor. Apple has terminated business with one of the facilities permanently but did not disclose which, or even what country it was based in. The assessment covered 102 facilities and 133,000 employees.

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128.2.2010 20:52

Get right out of town... Apple finds that the chinese manufacturers are mistreating their employees? Why in the hell do you think apple has their products assembled in China in the first place? CHEAP LABOR.
If they were really concerned about it, they could have them assembled in America. Opps that wouldn't work, it would cut into their profit margin.
At the prices they charge for their products, you'd think they could assemble them here in the U.S. though.

21.3.2010 1:27

It took them 4 years to figure this stuff out? Sorry, but you're too late now, those few incidents have already passed.

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