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Apple Admits Some Of Their Suppliers Abuse Their Workers

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Awful!

Apple has has been fielding some heavy criticism after it was discovered that some of their suppliers have overworked and underpaid their employees.

The workers at a Chinese factory that produces iPhones recently threatened mass suicide if the plant, owned by Taiwan's Foxconn group, didn't treat them fairly.

Apple requires that their suppliers adhere to a maximum 60-hour work week and a minimum one day off per week.

Unfortunately, doesn't look like Apple was keeping track of who was doing what because one-third of their suppliers were negligent in following these practices.

But, since the scandal broke, they divulged a full list of their suppliers on Friday and said that they would allow an outside labor rights group to investigate and monitor them.

In a statement, Apple said:

"We will continue regular audits and go even deeper into our supply chain to ensure that there are no underage workers at any Apple supplier.

To the best of our knowledge, Apple is the only company in the electronics industry that mandates reimbursement of excessive recruitment fees."

It's a little shady (actually, A LOT shady) of Apple to keep their list of suppliers a secret for so long. It only makes us wonder what else they could be hiding.

Thankfully, they've come to their senses though and they're now being more public with who is producing their products and what's going on behind closed doors. Maybe this will make huge companies think twice before putting the mighty dollar ahead of basic human rights such as, oh you know, the mistreatment of their employees.

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7 comments to “Apple Admits Some Of Their Suppliers Abuse Their Workers”



  1. 1

    A few inaccuracies in this report. The workers threatening mass suicide were at a plant making xbox, not apple. This does not mean that somehow things are better at the facilities that produce Apple products. Foxconn has 7 million employees and virtually EVERY household in the US has some product that is produced by Foxconn workers. NONE of the companies that use Foxconn admit it, not Nokia, not Sony, not Microsoft, not HP. This is not just an Apple problem. It is easy to make it an Apple problem



  2. 2

    I'm starting to feel bad that everything I own and love has been made by slaves in china…what a mess. we americans are addicted to this lifestyle and something's gonna burst that bubble eventually.



  3. 3

    oh its xbox not apple? thats great because I bought my son an xbox kinnect for xmas. merry christmas! :(



  4. 4

    at least Apple is now a tiny bit better than Nike and some of the other big companies who use third world or Chinese labor since they have acknowledged it and will hopefully do something about it
    it's always been an open - yet dirty little secret - what goes on andhow the massive corporations turn a blind eye to this as long as they have massive profits
    .
    can you imagine factory workers in the US being told they have to work a 60 hour week…. and that half of their entire years pay may not even be enough to buy one of the Apple products that they are making!!
    .
    heard that in the NIke factories it would take the entire months pay ot buy a Nike t-shirt
    so probably over 6 months pay to buy the sneakers that they make!
    .
    DISGUSTING EXPLOITATION OF THE IMPOVERISHED
    .



  5. 5

    and just to add a little more crap on the pile of crap, a loooot of the american companies ( and first world companies) who have manufacturers in Chine bribe the Chinese government so they can keep the wages miserable! fuck this world, seriously!



  6. 6

    Perez, you should not talk of things you have no understanding of.

    You say : "It's a little shady (actually, A LOT shady) of Apple to keep their list of suppliers a secret for so long. It only makes us wonder what else they could be hiding."

    1) Not a single company does that. How then can it be shady if Apple publishes its list of suppliers?
    2) You twist this thing around and TRY to have people doubt Apple action.
    3) This is not some type of Hollywood superstar being caught cheating.



  7. 7

    This is not the first time!