Apple has been always interested in monitoring working conditions in its major supplier factories based in China. In its latest Supplier Responsibility report, which was revealed to the public this week, Cupertino claims to have discovered that one of the supplier it was working with employed under aged workers in its factories. Subsequently, Apple cut all ties with the component maker in question – the Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics.
In the report, the iPhone maker stated that it discovered 74 such cases in the Chinese compound which is in charge of producing circuit board components. This is not the only illegalities it has stumbled upon. It also brought to the light of day an employment agency which was in charge of falsifying the needed documents in order to allow children to work in the plants.
Apple immediately reported the supplier and its connecting agency – Shemzen Quanshun Human Resources to the Chinese Authorities in Shenzen and Henan:
“The agency had its business license suspended and was fined. The children were returned to their families, and PZ was required to pay expenses to facilitate their successful return."
Even if Apple relies deeply on its Asian partners for its precious components, the tech giant is very interested in monitoring the working conditions of the employees who assemble the components. Thus, Cupertino conducted more than 393 audits in 2012, a number which represents a 72% increase from 2011.
Apple’s name was brought into the spotlight when several years back publications like The Mail and the New York Time exposed the poor working conditions of workers stationed in Apple plants across Asia. Since then, Apple has been very careful about the topic.