The BBC is set to air an undercover investigation into Apple's supply chain with findings that there were multiple violations of Apple's promises to protect workers. Titled Apple's Broken Promises, BBC Panorama explored both the Pegatron manufacturing facility as well as a tin mine in Indonesia. Apple has responded to the BBC documentary stating that it has done a lot and will continue to do more to maintain worker safety.
Apple is one of the companies signing on with the Obama Administration's SupplierPay initiative, a voluntary program which is intended to get larger businesses to pay the smaller companies on their supply chain promptly. For Apple, that means the companies that supply the components for their devices. The purpose of the program is to get money into the hands of small businesses faster, reducing the need of these businesses to borrow money, according to the Wall Street Journal:
While Apple's relationship with Chinese factories came under fire last year, and their processor and glass manufacturing in the U.S. came up as a result, there's a lot more to their logistics than just those two places. To that point, ChinaFile has put together an interactive map, compiled from Apple's 2013 supplier's list, showing just where all the components and materials from all our iPhones, iPads, iPods, Macs, and related accessories and peripherals come from, and how much.