What you need to know
- Apple is being accused of hesitating to end relationships with suppliers who violate labor laws.
- It took the company three years to end its relationship with a supplier that employed children.
As reported by The Information (opens in new tab) (via 9to5Mac), Apple is reportedly slow to ban its relationships with suppliers that are guilty of labor violations. The example in the report highlights an instance where Apple took three years to end its relationship with a supplier that was repeatedly found to be using child labor.
Apple had discovered that Suyin Electronics, a company that made the ports for its MacBooks, was employing two fifteen-year-old children.
Despite Suyin pledging to stop the practice, an audit three months later found more children working for the company. While Apple stopped giving the company new business, it took three years to completely cut ties with the supplier.
A former employee says that Apple took time to cut ties with the company because it struggled to find another supplier that could meet its specifications and volume needs.
Ten previous employees of Apple's supply responsibility team says that the company hesitated to change suppliers that ignored safety suggestions or that violated labor laws.
Apple has seen increasing pressure regarding its supplier relationships and their labor practices. Early in December, a report found that half of its suppliers were over the quota for temporary workers.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
Child labor is wrong, but our entire system of investor-driven economies makes it hard for any company to disrupt an existing supply chain. The incentives are about meeting Wall Street forecasts and YoY growth, which means shipping tablets and phones on time, not on doing the right thing for humanity.
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