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Apple Supplier Audit Reveals Apple Manufacturing Uses Child Labor

Posted By Brit Liggett On March 1, 2010 @ 11:45 am In Green Materials,Policy,social responsibility | 8 Comments

Apple announced this news in its Supplier Responsibility Report [1], a report released for three years running that audits [2] of Apple’s supplier factories. These factories aren’t owned by Apple, but while working on Apple’s goods they are contractually obligated to work within Apple’s worker’s rights rules and the laws of the country that they operate in. The violations occurred in both of those categories. For instance, workers were found to have worked beyond Apple’s 60 hour-per-week limit in 60 of the 102 factories audited and 11 workers across various facilities were found to have been hired at 15 years of age, one year below their respective country’s legal working age limit.

Apple [3] found three factories had hired non-certified hazardous disposal agencies to do away with their waste [4] and 44 facilities that didn’t have a proper environmental impact assessments [5] including 11 which didn’t have air emissions permits. In the Supplier Responsibility Report they state, “when social responsibility performance consistently fails to meet Apple expectations, [they] terminate business.” In many of the cases of violations the wrongs have been righted, for instance underpaid workers have been paid for the discrepancies and the underage workers are all now at the legal working age.

Though the violations come as a shock it’s nice to know that Apple is clearly displaying their assembly [6] line faults and laying out a plan of action to fix them — if they haven’t already. Apple also noted in their report that all of the factories [7] audited stated that Apple was the only company to have ever audited their facility. The report highlights issues that occur when the supply and manufacturing chains are geographically removed from the business operations. Without oversight factories violations can slip under the radar. Kudos to Apple for finding these violations and laying out plans to fix them. You can rest easy knowing Apple is doing something to make sure your gadgets [8] are made with responsibility in mind.

+ Apple Supplier Responsibility Report [1]

Via TG Daily [9]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Supplier Responsibility Report: http://www.apple.com/supplierresponsibility/

[2] audits: http://www.apple.com/supplierresponsibility/auditing-compliance.html

[3] Apple: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/19/is-it-green-the-new-macbooks/

[4] waste: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/05/nike-trash-talk-all-star-exclusive/

[5] environmental impact assessments: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/25/walmart-announces-they-will-cut-20-million-tons-of-greenhouse-gases/

[6] assembly: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/26/yves-behar-unveils-new-hackable-solar-electric-car/

[7] factories: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/11/renovated-sugar-refinery-to-provide-sweet-new-homes-in-brooklyn/

[8] gadgets: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/25/yves-behar-kicks-off-the-greener-gadgets-conference/

[9] TG Daily: http://www.tgdaily.com/business-and-law-features/48623-apple-suppliers-found-to-use-child-labor#close

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