Apple Factory Workers: Like many tech companies, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has received a bad rap from time to time regarding its labor force. While things happen can and will happen in regards to labor issues, it is nice to know that companies like Apple are always willing to make changes for the better.
According to the Apple Inc. (NADSAQ:AAPL) 37-page Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, the company is no longer doing business with a past supplier, Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics Co., Ltd.
Here is the full rundown from the report:
“In many of the cases of underage labor we’ve discovered, the culprit behind the violation was a third-party labor agent that willfully and illegally recruited young workers. In January 2012, for example, we audited a supplier, Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics Co., Ltd. (PZ) that produces a standard circuit board component used by many other companies in many industries. Our auditors were dismayed to discover 74 cases of workers under age 16—a core violation of our Code of Conduct. As a result, we terminated our business relationship with PZ.”
One of the most interesting takes from this part of the report is that the company “produces a standard circuit board component used by many other companies in many industries.”
Does this mean that other companies are still doing business with Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics Co., Ltd, despite the fact that they are employing underage workers? While there is no way of saying for sure, this definitely appears to be the case.
Fortunately, Apple Inc. (NADSAQ:AAPL) has shut down operations with this supplier.
While this seems like quite the accomplishment, they did not stop there. Here is another excerpt from the report: