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Apple imported staff uniforms from a company subject to U.S. sanctions over forced labor, according to a report from The Guardian.

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The company in question, Changji Esquel Textile, is a subsidiary firm of Hong Kong garment group Esquel. Shipping records reveal Changji Esquel Textile is based in China's western Xinjiang region.

In July, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on Esquel and 10 other Chinese companies for alleged human rights abuses, including forced labor. U.S. commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said the sanctions were intended to prevent U.S. companies being implicated in "the Chinese Communist party's despicable offensive against defenseless Muslim minority populations."

Esquel has denied allegations of abuse, stating "We absolutely have not, do not, and will never use forced labor anywhere in our company," as it attempted to appeal about the sanctions. A 2019 international audit found there was no modern-day slavery at the company.

The report comes shortly after CEO Tim Cook told a congressional antitrust inquiry that Apple would not tolerate "abhorrent" forced labor or modern-day slavery in the company's supply chains.

"We wouldn't tolerate it. We would terminate a supplier relationship if it was found," Cook said, adding he would be enthusiastic to contribute to legislation on banning forced labor.

Until recently, the Esquel website listed Apple as a "major customer." One month before the sanctions were announced by the U.S. government, Changji Esquel Textile sent a shipment of knit shirts to Apple retail stores in California, according to shipping data provided by Panjiva. If this is the case, Apple used a company accused of human rights violations.

"Esquel is not a direct supplier to Apple but our suppliers do use cotton from their facilities in Guangzhou and Vietnam. We have confirmed no Apple supplier sources cotton from Xinjiang and there are no plans for future sourcing of cotton from the region," said a spokesperson for Apple.

The statement does not mention if Esquel or any Xinjiang-based textile company was previously a supplier to Apple. The Xinjiang region is particularly associated with forced-labor, according to The Guardian. In March, a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute think-tank named Apple among 83 other major companies benefiting from the use of potentially abusive labor transfer programs in Xinjiang.

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Cosmosent

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Anybody remember what happened to Tim Cook the last time he attended a major event in Hollywood ?

Directly related to the topic of this article !
 

ryanwarsaw

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Apple like any large US corporations like to make a profit at all costs despite saying otherwise and signaling how concern they are. Greed has no bounds. No wonder the current unrest.

The self entitled consumer is the bread and butter of the evil corporation. If you typed your reply on an Apple product maybe give that some thought?
 

ericwn

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Yea but that would bring back memories of the good days which would be uncomfortable for the Cook regime.

Given that they’re much more successful now and reaping what both Cook and Jobs put in place over the last two decades, unlikely to happen.

We can of course spend a few minutes with the usual complaining that all was better in the past, which is typical in all generations, but then let’s get on with reality.
 
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Given that they’re much more successful now and reaping what both Cook and Jobs put in place over the last two decades, unlikely to happen.

We can of course spend a few minutes with the usual complaining that all was better in the past, which is typical in all generations, but then let’s get on with reality.
Ha....many folks don't agree with how you and your ilk define successful. We all have to sleep soundly at night so make our choices accordingly.
 
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ericwn

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Ha....many folks don't agree with how you and your ilk define successful. We all have to sleep soundly at night so make our choices accordingly.

Apple’s China strategy and business was defined and executed when Steve was around. Almost all of the devices that are what made Apple successful in the early 2000s with Steve and Tim around, come from China.

Don’t pretend that anything here has dramatically changed other than Apple being richer now as their long term strategy for the Asian market seems successful. You slept bad since 2001 if that were the case.
 

jinnj

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Apple’s China strategy and business was defined and executed when Steve was around. Almost all of the devices that are what made Apple successful in the early 2000s with Steve and Tim around, come from China.

Don’t pretend that anything here has dramatically changed other than Apple being richer now as their long term strategy for the Asian market seems successful. You slept bad since 2001 if that were the case.
Only Apple? Same factories/workers make everything from your AC to your power strips.
 

Duane Martin

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I find this article confusing. Did Apple buy products from a company that was known to use slave labour at the time of the purchase? Is there any evidence, beyond political expediency, that the company was using forced labour when Apple bought products from them, whether Apple knew or not? Being Canadian I am a little sensitive to US government's unsubstantiated claims as they are attacking our aluminum exports based on some bogus claims. I am not in denial about China doing very bad things (oppression of minorities, distortion of truth for benefit of ruling elite, outright lying about activities, spying on their own citizens) but I also know not to believe everything I read coming from south of the border. Evil wears many faces and China is not the only country that is guilty of the above.
 

Sanlitun

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If all of the business Apple conducted with them was done before the sanctions were announced, I find it hard to get too upset about this. Yes, it’s unfortunate, but hardly Apple acting in a abhorrent manner.

The situation in Xinjiang has been well known for quite a while, and other governments have already sanctioned clothing and cotton.

Apple knows what is going on, and they should have known better.
 
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