“I’ve been quite harsh toward Apple Inc. for a long time. Having covered the company for close to 15 years, first as a reporter and now a columnist, I’ve spent much time researching and writing about its supply chain and the myriad problems within,” Tim Culpan writes for Bloomberg. “Today, though, it’s time to give credit where it’s due.”

“Two of my major beefs with Apple relate to the issues of bonded and underage labor. In the first instance, employees working for the iPhone maker’s suppliers are required to pay upfront fees just to secure a job. This money is usually paid to recruitment agencies. The second is self-explanatory,” Culpan writes. “Both problems have almost been stamped out.”

“According to the company’s annual Supplier Responsibility Report, just two cases of bonded labor were found last year, involving 287 employees,” Culpan writes. “By employee numbers, it’s an 82 percent improvement from last year alone. As for underage labor, just one case was uncovered, versus three a year prior. While even one is too many, cases of juveniles slipping into supplier factories are often a result of employees themselves faking documentation.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yes, kudos to Apple and, as always, keep on improving!

Learn more about Apple’s progress in the new Supplier Responsibility Progress Report here.

Apple releases 13th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report – March 6, 2019