“Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook struck back over the fallout from reports of inhumane conditions at the technology giant’s suppliers on Tuesday,” Brent Lang reports for Reuters. “‘Our commitment is very, very simple,’ Cook said at Goldman Sachs’ Technology Conference. ‘We believe every worker has the right to a fair and safe work environment free of discrimination where they can earn competitive wages and where they can voice their concerns freely.'”
“He said that companies that work with Apple must honor that commitment in order to keep their contracts,” Lang reports. “Cook acknowledged that problems existed in Apple’s supply chain of foreign manufacturers, but said that the company is working hard to rectify the situation. In particular he cited the reported use of child labor. ‘We think the use of underage labor is abhorrent,’ Cook said. ‘It is extremely rare in our supply chain, but we have worked to eliminate it entirely. Hiring underage labor is a firing offense.'”
Lang reports, “To that end, Cook said that Apple is working hard to identify and eliminate problems and abuses. He said that he and other top managers routinely visit Apple’s factories across the globe and routinely audit their performance. He cited the company’s decision to begin allowing labor inspectors with the Fair Labor Association into its facilities as evidence of Apple’s commitment. ‘No one in our industry is doing more to improve working conditions than Apple,’ Cook said.”
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MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apple CEO Tim Cook’s presentation at Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference – February 14, 2012