“In a radio interview on the syndicated show Conversations on Health Care, Apple COO Jeff Williams said that the reason Apple has come under attack for the use of child labor in its supply chain is that the company actively goes out looking for it,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “Other companies, he said, simply keep their heads down.”
No company wants to talk about child labor. They don’t want to be associated with that. We shine a light on it. We go out and search for cases where an underage worker is found in a factory somewhere and then we take drastic actions with the supplier and the labor groups to try and make a change. Then we report it publicly every year. We take a lot of heat for that. But we think the only way to make change is to go hit it head-on and talk about it. — Apple COO Jeff Williams
Lovejoy reports, “Apple noted in its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report that it tries to work with suppliers to ensure compliance with the company’s standards, and drops those which refuse to cooperate.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple does more in this area than any other major CE maker; likely more than all other companies combined.
Apple Inc.’s Supplier responsibility webpages are here: