Apple breaks up with one of its suppliers, sends underage workers home


During one of its audits of Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics, Apple found out that the enterprise has the habit of employing underage workers to work in its factories. Being a sound hater of child labor, Apple has immediately broken up with the supplier and even reported it to the authorities. This became clear thanks to Apple's latest "Supplier Responsibility" report.

Cupertino managed to reveal the factory's little secret by uncovering some fake age verification documents. So, what were the consequences to Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics then? Well, the company was fined and had to secure the transport for the kids back to their homes. However, other companies which also work with the supplier are said to have begun their own audits, having heard of the child labor practices there.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first, and probably won't be the last case of child labor violation in China. A number of other companies have also recently been found to hire underage workers from time to time. We can only hope that as the growing Chinese economy matures, such cases will get reduced to a minimum.

via: SlashGear

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30 Comments

1. maxis3G unregistered

nice move... but Apple should take better move than this one...

10. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Like what...Apple has done good work concerning their socio-economic responsibility to the children by reporting this abuse and sending them back home,,,Three cheers for Apple or for that matter any company who takes steps of any measure against any form of child abuse. oh by the way I think the license of this company should be cancelled and the owners thrown in jails!

11. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

My sentiment phenomenal. What else can apple do? I think Apple has done their share.

14. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Apple only did this to make it look like that they care about their socio-economic responsibility. It's a PR move, nothing more. If apple really cared, they would break up with Foxconn as they are known for their hiring of under aged workers and lying to officials about them. Oh, and those "suprise" Foxconn audits are Jokes, white people in town = audits, its that simple.

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Do you even know what you're talking about? Should all of these companies also dump Foxconn? I bet you most of your PC parts are made by Foxconn workers. FOXCONN manufactures products for companies including: (country of headquarters in parentheses) Acer Inc. (Taiwan) Amazon.com (United States) In 2011, Amazon and Foxconn formed a joint-design manufacturing company. The move was meant to produce an Amazon branded smartphone sometime in 2012. Apple Inc. (United States) ASRock (Taiwan) Asus (Taiwan) Barnes & Noble (United States) Cisco (United States) Dell (United States) EVGA Corporation (United States) Hewlett-Packard (United States) Intel (United States) IBM (United States) Lenovo (China) Logitech (Switzerland) Microsoft (United States) MSI (Taiwan) Motorola (United States) Netgear (United States) Nintendo (Japan) Nokia (Finland) Panasonic (Japan) Philips (Netherlands) Samsung (South Korea) Sharp (Japan) Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden) Toshiba (Japan) Vizio (United States)

23. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

If all these companies you've listed care about all this "socio economic responsibility" stuff, yes they would have to dump Foxconn. But, they dont give a rat's ass about under-aged Chinese workers and don't pretend to. Apple on the other hand doesn't give a rat's ass, but pretend to care. Which is worse than just plain not caring. Also, your point about Amazon is moot, its 2013 and I haven't seen one yet.

28. stealthd unregistered

"Apple on the other hand doesn't give a rat's ass, but pretend to care. Which is worse than just plain not caring." This does not come even remotely close to making sense. Do you just make up whatever negative Apple BS you can and hope someone agrees with it? Regardless of whether Apple "cares" (it's a company, not a person), child labor is bad PR and they're doing something about it either way.

25. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

If your list includes all the companies that have a contract with foxconn then there are a few big names missing in that list, I would like to do a small research about these companies on whether their working conditions are any better (HTC,RIM,LG,Fuzitsu,Gigabyte etc).

26. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Apart from Fuzitsu (iam not sure) the others (HTC,LG,RIM and Gigabye) have teamed up with foxconn in past.

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

If they take better move their margins will be squeezed further which means shares will come tumbling down to 200. Apple will never commit harakiri :D

2. wendygarett unregistered

I understand that underage labor is bad, but Apple, if you ask them to sack the child, who will gonna feed him/her? :(

4. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

the child's parents?

5. wendygarett unregistered

What if they don't have parents? There is a reason for a child to work tho... Maybe their parents are under paralyze conditions, or maybe their parents have gone?

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

That's a big problem if their parents can't support them and if they'll have to live on their own. Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics should find ways to help this children not just through labor

7. wendygarett unregistered

Sigh... China... :(

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I agree..........Apple should offer compensation to the child !!

12. blingblingthing

Posts: 978; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Really? That sounds more like a job for the Chinese government.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apples agreement with the suppliers requires them to return any underage workers to their homes at the company's expense, pay for an education, and continue paying the child the same wage through school. Kudos to Apple in this instance. Who cares if they're doing it for publicity or because they genuinely care? They're doing it, thats all that matters. Its nice to read about Apple doing the right thing for once.

18. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

True. Theres kids in Mexico cleaning tables and selling gum for a living because they're homeless and have nothing to eat. They sleep on cardboard and do it all over again the next day.

21. Droiddoes unregistered

A gold doubloon to anyone who can make sense of this grammatical abortion of a sentence.

22. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Grammar police yo!

3. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Glad to see apple doing something about this, hopefully other companies will spend more time looking at labor conditions as well.

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Kudos, Apple

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Good faith move by Apple.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

For once, we agree.

16. IU_Lover

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Say NO to child labour! Governments need to find a way to ELIMINATE world poverty and do it fast! peace, weeeeeee

24. jstchilln

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 13, 2008

After all of this time they finally make this move along with a convenient press release. Give me a break, they have huge cash reserves all on the backs of over worked adults and children. No props for the slugs that run apple.

27. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

tss...Just a lie, Apple and others companys wont care if underage or not working. They only cares about profits, if they really care, why in first place, orders from China and others asia countries? Profits, profits and again profits! So cut the s**t, abot Apple care about if underages working at the factories. Apple have found others suppliers that can make it cheaper and make theirs demands. Same with others lying companys , about caring about how the factories handle it and as they can supply the demands with low costs. They wont give a s**t about how they get it.

29. stealthd unregistered

And you assume it's a "lie" based on...oh yeah NOTHING.

30. Abbath

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

if this news was not uncovered by Apple and later exposed by a third party it would cause damage to Apples' image! They could not afford to slide this under the table! However these kids would not be working if they came from well off families so Apple could have offered some compensation if they really cared! That supposed money is peanuts for Apple anyway…

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