Apple accused of ignoring breaches of China’s temporary labor law

The Information on Wednesday reported that Apple ignored breaches of China’s temporary labor law in its supply chain for years because it was concerned about increased costs and product launch delays. The report cited internal company documents.

Quality assurance, iMac production, China (Image via Apple's Supplier Responsibility 2020 Progress Report)
Quality assurance, iMac production, China (Image via Apple’s Supplier Responsibility 2020 Progress Report)

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:

Foxconn, Pegatron, and Quanta Computer, three of Apple’s major assembly partners, faced difficulties complying with the law between 2013 and 2018, The Information said.

In 2014, more than half of a surveyed 362 suppliers broke the temporary worker law, and in March 2015, 81 of 184 Apple suppliers topped the 10% threshold, according to The Information. That continued in parts of 2016, 2017 and 2018, the website said… Apple executives knew that its production strategy increased demand for temporary staff, known as dispatch workers, The Information reported, citing internal data it obtained.

“Apple is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with dignity and respect,” Apple said in a statement. “Workplace rights are human rights and our Supplier Code of Conduct is the strongest in the industry, and it applies equally to everyone across our supply chain.”

“Occasionally factories use temporary labor and we monitor this closely to ensure compliance with our Code,” Apple added. “Where we find issues we work closely with the supplier on corrective action plans. As always, our focus is on making sure that everyone in our supply chain is protected and treated with dignity and respect.”

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  1. I tire of people blaming Apple for third party actions. Yes, Apple has a responsibility, as do all humans, to try to stamp out the kind of behavior these other companies are accused of. However, it’s not like Apple is breaking these laws themselves.

    1. Tim Cook sympathizes with the rat bastard commie Chinese government and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about human rights violations unless they are imaginary ones by the US.
      China’s goal is to dominate the world economically and militarily. US companies who profit by enriching the Chicoms and kissing their communist asses should be severely penalized.

      1. Sad but true. Yes, liberal Cook is sincerely concerned about worker’s well being making Apple products. But yes, he does not give a rat’s ass about working with a Communist government that commits the worst human rights in the world against its own citizens and censors free speech and Apple Apps that Cook removed folding like a tent in a hurricane.

        The bottom line is Cook is stuck between his SJW preaching and Chinese subcontractors that don’t hear a word and he is POWERLESS to do anything beyond a tweet. Cook is committed to turn a blind eye to all this in the holy name of record cheap labor profits. He knows if he rocks the golden calf money boat his job is toast.

        All that said, Apple please pull out 100% of your Chinese operations and relocate to Democrat nations that respect human rights…

    2. Ok, reasonable statement, but why do we do business with the Chinese, but not the Iranians?

      One fills our cupboards, so to disturb that relationship would cause a significant “discomfort.”
      Standing up for principle sake with the other country, costs little (to us).

      $$ determines the fight for principle for countries and, in this conversation, for companies. China is involved matters that, for sake of principle, should be shunned…but doing so would be extremely deleterious for the Wall Street seat.

      I doubt Cook/Apple “sympathizes” idealogically with the CCP, but his vigor in supporting fairness and equity here goes limp when dealing with the Chinese…even though the atrocities there are profound in comparison. Money can make humans to curious things…showing true nature.

      1. Because Iranians dare to threaten the righteous US’s oil supply in the Middle East. I think the US should instead partner with Iran as its people’s are known innovators, resourceful, and intelligent.

  2. I don’t get this. Apple have been the most proactive about labor practices in their partner manufacturing sites. They have been instrumental in increase awareness and standards for years.

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