Apple Says Children Were Used to Build iPhone, iPod

Reply Sun 28 Feb, 2010 10:43 pm
Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. said three of its suppliers hired 11 underage workers to help build the iPhone, iPod and Macintosh computer last year, a violation it uncovered as part of its onsite audit of 102 factories.

"Apple discovered three facilities that had previously hired 15-year-old workers in countries where the minimum age for employment is 16," the company said in a 24-page report on "Supplier Responsibility" posted on its Web site. The workers were "no longer in active employment at the time of our audit."

Apple didn't name its suppliers and manufacturers. The company visited sites in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Philippines and the U.S. Apple also found three cases where suppliers "falsified records" to conceal underage hiring, more than 60 facilities where employees were overworked, 24 partners that paid less than the minimum wage and 57 who didn't offer all required benefits.

Apple Says Children Were Used to Build iPhone, iPod (Update1) - Bloomberg.com
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Reply Mon 1 Mar, 2010 09:14 am
Interesting, I didn't even think of companies running internal audits like that. Makes those companies that do the "well, we didn't know" spiel look pretty silly.
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