Apple Drops Chinese Supplier for Child Labor Violations

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple yesterday released its 2013 Supplier Responsibility Report (PDF), disclosing the results of its audit program for 2012 and revealing that it had fired one of its suppliers after finding evidence of 74 underage workers at one facility.

    Apple's investigation determined that many of PZ's underage workers had been provided by a local labor agency that had conspired with families to forge age verification documents. As a result, Apple reported the agency to authorities, who fined suspended the business license of the agency while requiring PZ to pay the expenses to return the children to their families.

    Apple's report touts a number of other achievements for 2012, including a 72% increase in the number of audits performed compared to 2011, worker empowerment training for 1.3 million employees, and increased compliance with working-hour limitations.

    We've previously covered Apple's regular updates on working-hour compliance, noting that the rate had fallen in the September-November period as part of Apple's allowance for voluntary overtime during periods of high demand. Apple's new report reveals that compliance with the standard returned to near its highs in December, with Apple's audits showing 92% compliance for the entire year across more than one million tracked workers.

    Article Link: Apple Drops Chinese Supplier for Child Labor Violations
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2008
    Man, these kids were shipped over from their families to work and live at these places. Nice to see Apple standing up against this.
  3. iphone495, Jan 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013

    macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Good for Apple! I feel like these things aren't really talked about in the media.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2008
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
  6. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2011
    This is both good and bad.
    Now the kids have no jobs and no money to send home to their poor families.

    Life is different over there.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    What? Jobless underage workers? Am I reading this right?
    And what does Apple have anything to do with them being homeless?
  8. macrumors 6502a

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    macrumors posting several hours after 9to5mac. AGAIN.:(
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2012
    So my iPhone 5 could have been made by kids? yikes
  10. macrumors 68040

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    They could give them portable suicide nets as part of their severence package.
  11. AQUADock, Jan 25, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2013

    macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    Its a good thing that it is getting awareness.
  12. macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2009
    It's only different because those in power keep it that way....and "capitalism" is part of the problem by exploiting countries that are willing to exploit their population.
    It all goes back to the 1%. They feel entitled to their unreasonable compensation so they will do anything to keep it that way. If it were more reasonable, then worker pay could be better while keeping the price of the good the same. Or even if the price were a little higher, every worker is making more money so it wouldn't have much of an effect.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    These families need money, y'know?

    I know Americans think "Child Labor" zomg wa-da-fux but without these jobs the families go hungry and homeless.

  14. macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2012
    poor kids, their family's income and standard of living just took a huge nosedive.
  15. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2011
    If you've been to rural areas of China you will understand.
    It's not so much the "powers that be" that are suppressing the rise of the middle class.

    It really is a developing country in the majority of the nation. Much of the population have led simple lives.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
    I don't read 9to5mac so for me it's news.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    Just great. Now even longer wait times for products shipping. Nobody cares about a few slightly younger workers.
  18. macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2008
    I'm sorry to upset so many, but if the families/parents were so caring to forge and "give" there child to a company how well do you think that child will be received when brought back to the said parent.

    Maybe you all had a better childhood than I did. I had to legally work underage just to help keep a roof over my families head, not for toys. :rolleyes:
  19. HMI
    macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2012
    Much respect for you, sir!
  20. macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2010
    Derp: "Apple uses child labor!"
    Apple: "We have cut ties with companies that do not meet our labor standards."
    Derp: "OMG! Apple throws children out on the street!"
    Face: Palm
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    Does this mean my next idevice will be better qaulity?
  22. Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    We certainly weren't first on this story, but by my count we beat 9to5 by eight minutes. :confused:
  23. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I worked at my local super market from when I was 14 until I was 17 in the US... This is ageism, nothing but. I don't care about their ages, ask them (our so called "underage workers") what they want. Explain the pros and cons of them working and see what they choose. Don't give me any BS about them being too young to make such a big life decision - I've seen little evidence of someone making substantially smarter decisions at 18 than at 14 (sex related decisions set aside.... Hormone levels do shift a lot, but that shouldn't play much of a role in whether it's a good decision to work or not.)
  24. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    It is a start. Still a long ways to go. Yes keep the pressure up and keep doing it.
    Yes I know Apple gets the lion share of the pressure but they also are in the best position to force a real change.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    I worked illegally beginning at age 14. My mom, a working single mother, helped me forge a birth certificate to work at a Burger King. It provided our household with the cushion we needed to not become homeless. I also saved some of the money and used it (against her wishes) to buy my first computer...a Vic-20. I used that computer to make a game that was published, and went on to become a software developer...and Apple engineer.

    Had I not worked at an early age, My life would be very different and probably much worse.

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