“Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation,” Richard Bilton reports for BBC News.
MacDailyNews Take: At companies not named Apple Inc.
Bilton reports, “Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple’s promises to protect workers were routinely broken.”
MacDailyNews Take: By companies not named Apple Inc.
“It found standards on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories,” Bilton reports. “Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme’s conclusions.”
“Apple declined to be interviewed for the programme, but said in a statement: ‘We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions. We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done,'” Bilton reports. “It said it monitored the working hours of more than a million workers and that staff at Pegatron were averaging 55 hours a week.”
“Pegatron said it was carefully investigating Panorama’s claims and would take all necessary action if any deficiencies were found at their facilities,” Bilton reports. “Worker safety and well-being are our top priorities. We set very high standards, conduct rigorous training for managers and workers, and have external auditors regularly visiting our facilities to find areas for improvement,, a statement said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: These reports all carry the stench of hit-pieces since they go to ludicrous lengths to impugn Apple for the actions of others. Apple has done and continues to do more for Chinese workers than any company on earth. Blaming Apple for poor work conditions at Chinese companies is like blaming Bono for the spread of AIDS in Africa.
Apple Inc.’s Supplier Responsibility website:
Apple bans use of 2 hazardous chemicals in iPhone assembly – August 13, 2014
Samsung: Sorry about that cancer – May 14, 2014
Greenpeace praises Apple for reducing use of conflict minerals – February 13, 2014
Apple confirms suppliers use conflict-free minerals – February 13, 2014
Fair Labor Association sees progress at major Apple supplier Foxconn – December 12, 2013