New Apple Inc. Child Labor Revelations

By National Consumers League

Apple-inc-child-labourApple Inc. announced on Friday that its internal
audits had found more than 106 underage employees at 11 different locations in
its supply chain; it found another 70 “historical” cases of child labor. The
company also said that it had terminated contracts with a Chinese supplier,
Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhuou Electronics, which employed 74 workers under age
16. Auditors found eight facilities with “bonded labor” –cases in which workers
were compelled to labor to pay off excessive recruiting fees.

The National Consumers League (NCL),
the nation’s oldest consumer advocacy organization with a long history of
working to reduce child labor in the U.S. and abroad, applauds the termination
of supplier contracts that rely on the work of child labor. “After much
criticism, it appears that Apple has finally stepped up auditing of its supply
chain. We urge the company to continue on that path as aggressively as
possible. With 1.5 million workers in 14 countries, the 106 children found
working may be the tip of the iceberg,” noted NCL Executive Director Sally
Greenberg who is a co-chair of the Child
Labor Coalition
which represents 28 organizations, trying to eliminate the worst forms of child

“Children should not be working in
electronics manufacturing--with its accompanying dangers. They should be in
school and allowed to realize their full potential,” added Greenberg.
“Given  Apple’s enormous profitability,
it’s essential the company does everything in its power to stamp out child
labor. Other electronics companies should take warning, and conduct rigorous
audits of their supply chains.”

Apple suppliers in China, including
the manufacturing behemoth FoxConn, have been criticized for poor working conditions
and safety standards. Conditions were so bad, FoxConn felt compelled to install
suicide nets to stop employees from plunging to their deaths off company
rooftops. According to analyst Steven Millwood of
, Apple’s
new  “supplier responsibility” report “details the same grim scene” for
workers depicted in prior reports.




re: New Apple Inc. Child Labor Revelations

i have just discovered international labour rights forum. i plan to write letters to the employers you have singled out as exploiters of child labour.

re: New Apple Inc. Child Labor Revelations

It is good to note that Apple recognized this child labor happened in their company. May this does not happen again.