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Apple Admits Using Child Labor: 15-Year-Olds Worked In Factories
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SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. said it found more than a dozen serious violations of labor laws or Apple's own rules at its suppliers that needed immediate correction.

The findings were outlined in a company report on audits of 102 supplier facilities conducted in 2009. That was a year in which questions about the practices of one of Apple's suppliers came into focus after the suicide of a Chinese worker who held a sensitive job handling iPhones.

Along with many other technology companies, Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., relies heavily on foreign contractors to build its products. Monitoring their labor practices be difficult, and Apple has caught heat in the past on this issue.

The company said in its latest report that "by making social responsibility a fundamental part of the way we do business, we insist that our suppliers take Apple's code as seriously as we do."

Apple said it found 17 "core" violations, the most serious type.

Those included three cases of underage workers being hired; eight instances of workers paying "recruitment" fees that were above the legal limits in those countries; three cases in which suppliers used non-certified vendors to dispose of hazardous waste; and three others in which the companies gave false records during the audits.

In the cases involving underage workers, Apple said three facilities had hired a total of 11 workers who were 15 years old in countries where the minimum employment age is 16. Apple noted that the workers were no longer underage or weren't working for the facilities anymore when the audits were undertaken.

Apple has been pressured before to answer questions about its suppliers' practices.

Last July, a 25-year-old Chinese worker whose job involved shipping iPhone prototypes to Apple killed himself by jumping from the 12th floor of his apartment building amid an investigation into a missing iPhone. The worker, Sun Danyong, worked for the Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwanese manufacturer that has long been one of Apple's key suppliers...

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/28/a...s_n_479871.html

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deadmellotron   Apple Admits Using Child Labor: 15-Year-Olds Worked In Factories   Mar 1 2010, 07:22 PM
Beenly   still lovin my itouch   Mar 1 2010, 07:39 PM
Janette   QUOTE(Beenly @ Mar 1 2010, 04:39 PM) stil...   Mar 3 2010, 03:55 AM
spambot   Poor Justin Long.   Mar 1 2010, 07:47 PM
Beenly   srsly tho, i knew it was coming.   Mar 1 2010, 07:48 PM
Uso   Lololol All our I-stuff are made by little teens ;...   Mar 1 2010, 09:06 PM
itanium   iAm glad to say that iDon't own any Apple prod...   Mar 1 2010, 09:08 PM
Maccabee   Are they working by choice?   Mar 1 2010, 09:58 PM
Cristy   Is it bad that I don't think it's that big...   Mar 1 2010, 10:29 PM
Uso   Naw Cristy, I don't see it a big deal either, ...   Mar 1 2010, 10:48 PM
itanium   iMade a pun   Mar 1 2010, 11:01 PM
Uso   they can be i-Slave   Mar 1 2010, 11:06 PM
mipadi   So, did you read the article, or just the bullshit...   Mar 1 2010, 11:08 PM
itanium   It's all about the ratings. Correct news is s...   Mar 1 2010, 11:12 PM
Maccabee   I would love to work for apple. Stupid child labor...   Mar 2 2010, 12:07 PM
ArjunaCapulong   f*ck yeah my ipod   Mar 3 2010, 07:09 PM

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