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Apple reported one supplier and one agency to the local authorities for underage workers

Apple said it upped its audits of suppliers (mainly in Asia) by 72 percent from 2011 to 2012, and even cut ties with suppliers that didn't follow the code of conduct.

For all of 2012, Apple conducted a total of 393 audits -- an increase of 72 percent compared to 2011. Apple said it has even started auditing its smaller component makers in addition to the larger ones like Foxconn.

During these audits, Apple found two main issues: underage workers and excessive overtime.

In one particular case, Apple discovered that Asian supplier Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics Co Ltd had 74 issues concerning underage workers. Apple terminated the business relationship.

In addition, Apple found that an employment agency was forging documents to allow underage workers to gain employment at its supplier's factories. Apple reported the agency to local authorities.

After auditing small to large suppliers in 2012, Apple found that 95 percent had complied with the code of conduct regarding underage labor.

According to Apple, limiting work weeks to a maximum of 60 hours was another challenge. About 92 percent of suppliers complied, while Apple corrected the remaining 8 percent.

Other issues were discovered in 2012 as well, such as bonded labor agencies that help immigrant workers find jobs (but take a significant amount of their pay in return) and discriminatory behavior against women. To correct this, Apple forced the bonded labor agencies to reimburse $6.4 million in excess foreign contract worker fees for 2012. It also stopped the discrimination against women, such as practices where women must take pregnancy tests before gaining employment.

"At Apple, we care just as much about how our products are made as we do about how they’re designed," said Apple in a statement. "We know people have very high expectations of us. We have even higher expectations of ourselves."

Apple said it is focusing on student interns for 2013, saying that it will make sure suppliers don't abuse the internship program.

Apple's supplier problems stem from many Foxconn-related issues over the past few years, such as employee suicides, explosions from the buildup of aluminum dust used to polish devices, low wages, crowded dorms and long hours.

A year ago, a report from The New York Times blamed Apple for Foxconn's list of issues, saying that Apple wasn't doing enough about it. From there, Apple voluntarily joined the Fair Labor Association (FLA) for random audits.

Source: Apple

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By Motoman on 1/25/2013 12:16:33 PM , Rating: -1
At Apple, we care just as much about how our products are made as we do about how they’re designed

What a laugh riot. First of all, as has been thoroughly documented for many, many years, your products have the worst designs ever foisted upon the market at large. Secondly, if you gave a rat's a$$ about how your "products are made" you'd allow your partners to make a reasonable amount of money on your contracts, such that they wouldn't feel compelled to run your production facilities like mini-Auschwitzes.

We know people have very high expectations of us.

Translation: Our reality distortion field has even more power than the dark side of the force.

We have even higher expectations of ourselves.

Translation: Drink the kool-aid? WE ARE THE F%CKING KOOL-AID!

By Digimonkey on 1/25/2013 12:40:15 PM , Rating: 5
While I'm not an Apple fan I don't agree with bashing them for trivial reasons. Yes they're probably doing all this for better PR, but almost every other corporation does the same thing.

I'm just glad they owned up to it and started doing something about it instead of spinning why it's a good thing to have underage workers making iThings.

By michael2k on 1/25/2013 12:54:10 PM , Rating: 3
Given how these are the same factories used by Dell, HP, et al, and Apple is actually terminating contracts, auditing, raising wages, enforcing laws, etc, I fail to see why you call these facilities mini-Auschwitzes.

I mean, HP, Dell, et al, aren't doing any of the sort, so what are they? real Auschwitzes?

By Samus on 1/25/2013 12:58:06 PM , Rating: 1
The assembly plant iPhones are built in is an Apple exclusive factory (tooled specifically for iPhone and iPad) and this particular building in Foxconn Park is where the suicide nets, riots, and, well, most problems have been documented.

The plants where other manufactured equipment have no reported problems and presumably higher wages since the profit margin isn't so razer-thin as it is with Apple contracts.

By Motoman on 1/25/13, Rating: -1
By michael2k on 1/25/2013 2:05:54 PM , Rating: 2
Excuse me?
Apple is moving production back to the US
HP and Dell are concerned that Apple's efforts to raise wages would negatively impact HP and Dell's margins
Apple has increased wages several times now for their workers

You appear to be the stupid one; it isn't Apple that is underpaying, it is Dell and HP and the ilk.

By Motoman on 1/25/13, Rating: 0
By Reclaimer77 on 1/25/2013 5:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
Meah Moto, you know I love a good Apple bash as much as the next guy, but I think this argument has been sensationalized enough. I don't have to talk to the Foxconn workers because their actions speak volumes. When Foxconn opens applications to fill 100 positions, they get 50k people applying. 'Nuff said imo.

Not only are Foxconn assembly workers far better paid than the alternatives in China, but Foxconn employs tens of thousands of engineers and managerial positions too. But when Foxconn comes up, people invoke images of slave shops. And now Auschwitz??? That's Godwins to the 10'th power! Why don't YOU talk to someone who's family lived through the Holocaust and see how they feel about that being compared to gainful employment??

By ritualm on 1/25/2013 8:50:54 PM , Rating: 2
That opening post of yours was done in exceedingly poor taste, Motoman. Why are you even attempting to stoop lower than Tony Swash?

By Cheesew1z69 on 1/25/2013 4:08:07 PM , Rating: 2
Apple is moving SOME production back...

By michael2k on 1/26/2013 8:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
More than any other OEM I think.

By KoolAidMan1 on 1/25/2013 5:26:46 PM , Rating: 3
I mean, HP, Dell, et al, aren't doing any of the sort, so what are they? real Auschwitzes?

They don't call this place "Double Standard" for nothing. The peanut gallery here is quite literally retarded.

By ritualm on 1/25/2013 1:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
First of all, as has been thoroughly documented for many, many years, your products have the worst designs ever foisted upon the market at large.

I know of ordinary 4-door sedans that literally wipe the floor off your $50K+ sports cars while not looking out of place in Wal-Mart parking lots.

I also know lots of people willingly installing unsightly rear spoilers on their cheapo hatchbacks and non-calibrated HID lights just because they give them "street cred". Yet on the road they are consistently beaten by cars with pitifully awful acceleration specs from dusk til dawn.

In the same vein, I know of a lot more PC laptops that are designed worse than the worst of Apple's, and it's not simply the aesthetics department. So many gaming laptops out there scream "jobless, flunks classes in high school, plays FPS games 12 hours a day, and pretending to have never aged beyond 18 years old" with the styling to match.

By Tony Swash on 1/25/13, Rating: -1
By retrospooty on 1/25/2013 3:45:42 PM , Rating: 3
Ahh... This process never fails.

1. Click on any article about Apple or one of its competitors.
2. Scroll down until you see pink.

There is Tony, instantly voted down to negative 1, because everyone here knows he is completely full of s$%t.

You really need to get a life man. The company you worship really doesn't deserve your devotion.

By Tony Swash on 1/25/13, Rating: 0
By retrospooty on 1/25/2013 4:36:16 PM , Rating: 3
That's right.. I am on your case. You keep on with your campaign of disinformation, I will keep on posting counter to it. I've been coming here alot longer than you and I will be here long after you give up.

It's getting funny... These days, we cant even have a single article about Samsung or Google, with out you coming in trying to change the subject to Apple and posting some totally unrelated link. Article: "Samsung did this"... You come in: "Ya but Apple"... Article: "Google CEO says this" You come in: "Ya but Apple"... And this is interesting "Apple Apple Apple Apple Apple Apple... Apple, Apple............... Apple. " Oh really? Well that is just as interesting as it was yesterday and the day before, and the day before, and the day before (fading out) and the day before, and the day before (faded out completely). Tony, left standing in a field, all alone: "But.... Apple"

By Tony Swash on 1/26/13, Rating: 0
By retrospooty on 1/26/2013 8:22:01 AM , Rating: 1
"This is an article about Apple."


And that was just yesterday.

Thanks for the concern, but I am fine. And if I wanted to read the one-sided ramblings of an extreme Apple fanboy I would read them right here. Wait. I just did ;)

My point with all that above is you need to give it a rest. FFS, no-one here takes you seriously. You get voted down to -1 immediately, because we all know you are full of shit. ITs not an Apple thing, there are plenty of other Apple fans here that dont get voted down. Open up your mind to the whole world of tech. It's not all about Apple. In fact in the big tech picture Apple isnt even a big part of it, they are just a profitable toy maker.

By Cheesew1z69 on 1/26/2013 8:36:26 AM , Rating: 1
Here's something for you, noone cares about your 1990s looking, Apple shill, biased blog links.

By Tony Swash on 1/26/2013 12:13:58 PM , Rating: 1
What's so strange about you guys is that you come to a discussion forum, a place by definition one visits in order to hear the ideas and comments of other people inevitably some of which you may not agree with, and then literally fizz with indignant intolerance because someone has the temerity to post something you disagree with. It's like you cannot cope with a world where other people have different opinions. I guess your sense of self must be fragile.

I understand that the rise of Apple to be a tech superpower must have tilted some people's world view out of kilter, that wasn't supposed to be in the script was it, but guys you need to grow and just adjust otherwise you will end up like Statler & Waldorf :)

By retrospooty on 1/26/2013 1:12:52 PM , Rating: 2
Let me point out the obvious since you seem to not get it.... Discussion is great. That is what the comment section is for. It's not a discussion when you are here on an agenda.

You are here strictly to defend every action they take and every product they make. It's one thing to prefer a particular product, and I understand why some people like them, but its another thing to be a complete "fanboy" and ignore any positive points about a competing product, and ignore any negative points about Apple.

You aren't "discussing" anything, you are spreading disinformation with a goal in mind and everyone here knows it . See the difference?

By Cheesew1z69 on 1/26/2013 1:20:30 PM , Rating: 1
I wouldn't even call him a fanboy, he is far beyond that.

By retrospooty on 1/26/2013 2:16:43 PM , Rating: 2
True... Fanboys can be irrational and 1 sided but this clown is clearly here on a mission.

By ProZach on 1/26/2013 8:50:25 PM , Rating: 1
Hopefully he getting paid. :)

For all the time (and apparently money) he spends on his falling-stock company it almost seems the overseas workers get more income from Apple- the company likely never heard of Mr. Swashy, the Propaganda Azzbyte.

By KoolAidMan1 on 1/27/13, Rating: 0
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