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  • Child Labor in iPhone/iPod Manufacturing Uncovered By Apple



    New iPhone owners are often told that the smartphone is simple enough for a child to use. Apparently, it's also simple enough for a child to build - an exploitative situation that is gaining international attention today for obvious reasons.

    In what can best be described as a disturbing find in an Apple audit, Cupertino has revealed (according to an article in BusinessWeek), that three of its overseas suppliers hired nearly a dozen "underage workers" last year to assist in the manufacturing of popular Apple mobile devices and computers. The unfortunate situation was discovered during a comprehensive on-site audit of better than one hundred factories.

    The company visited sites in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Philippines and the U.S.
    Although many details about these situations haven't been made public yet, we've all been exposed to horrendous media reports about underage labor and less-than-ideal working conditions. According to a statement from Cupertino to BusinessWeek, “Apple’s Code sets a maximum of 60 work hours per week and requires at least one day of rest per seven days of work.” This code was obviously widely violated at the unnamed facilities where underage workers, falsified employee records, and even theft have now been uncovered.

    In the past, Apple has stopped doing business with suppliers and facilities that were found to have been in violation of either Apple's code or facilitating unsafe or inadequate working conditions. According to a statement from Apple, the company has long endeavored to create "extensive training programs to educate workers about their right to a safe and respectful work environment." In light of these disturbing findings and the reality that some people will take any work available to survive, Apple will likely take a fresh look at their policies and how they are enforced across a very broad global landscape.

    While Apple certainly didn't sanction the illegal employment of children and the poor working conditions in which the workers were found, Apple now finds itself in full damage-control mode - a situation that will certainly lead to swift action to resolve the ugly findings that sparked this story and delivered a fresh black eye on Apple's corporate image.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Child Labor in iPhone/iPod Manufacturing Uncovered By Apple started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. lifted206's Avatar
      lifted206 -
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brotherbond007 View Post
      Get dem kids to workin'! Come on we got the new iPhone due by June!!!!
      lol!
    1. Fodd1337's Avatar
      Fodd1337 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      And to the kids, the wrapper on one of those stacks.
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lifted206 View Post
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      crazy-ness whou would have thunk it
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Should build their products in Japan.
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kroo View Post
      I think you'll find most, if not all, of these countries are communist countries, comrade!! So before you jump on your high horse in an attempt to slay the capitalist dragon, condemn the people who use child labor as a basis for their industries. China, Nth Korea, India, Pakistan, Taiwan. Do you know where, or who makes the shoes, or clothes you're wearing? At least some companies like Apple actually do audits. Nike on the other hand, know this happens and is happy to make billions on the back of sweat shops.
      why go for the sheep when you can behead the capitalist dragon all in one shot,go after the big guys atleast that way we'll have a clean slate on our part of the system . you're wrong only 2 of the countries you mention are considered "a communist state" from the communist block comrade!
      about 80% of the child labor activities in the world are not from communist countries especially dozens of countries in latin america , eastern europe,and africa that concludes massive child labor but not under a communist state
    1. jdyates's Avatar
      jdyates -
      Im 15 and i would love to make iPhones, lol. If i was being mistreated, i'd sue, period.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mytran80 View Post
      i think they call it " capitalism at it's finest" , the absolute essential to the survival of corporate america at a time of fearing a greater recession to secure their existents .
      your ignorance is blinding. without looking at your profile, i'm guessing 13 to 14 years old.

      Quote Originally Posted by mytran80 View Post
      about 80% of the child labor activities in the world are not from communist countries especially dozens of countries in latin america , eastern europe,and africa that concludes massive child labor but not under a communist state
      well what'dya know. those are dictatorships.

      Quote Originally Posted by flix View Post

      So again... why not simply make them here?

    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      If Apple hired people in the U.S to make their stuff maybe they would not be in this situation would they? At least they are doing something about it...
      Then all their products would be even more ridiculously expensive.
    1. uncle_don's Avatar
      uncle_don -
      I have to laugh at some of these posts, and not the ones that are meant to be funny. I live in a third world country where the average adult income is between $3.00 US and $6.00 US per day. I know children who work. If they don't work they don't eat. That is the way of life for some children.

      I'm not advocating child labor, but do you want the children not to work and starve to death? "Poor" in America means you have an old CRT TV, but it's color. You have to drive a 20 year old car. Where I live poor means living in a tin shack. Not having a TV, but that doesn't matter because you don't have electricity. You have to carry water to your house from a communal well. Only the rich have cars. The "middle class" have motorbikes and the poor walk or have old bicycles. Children starve to death. Malnourishment is the norm, not the exception.

      Child labor is bad, but children starving to death is worse.

      Quote Originally Posted by jdyates View Post
      Im 15 and i would love to make iPhones, lol. If i was being mistreated, i'd sue, period.
      Don't brag about being 15 and ignorant. You can't sue an employer in the third world.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by uncle_don View Post
      I have to laugh at some of these posts, and , and not the ones that are meant to be funny. I live in a third world country
      shame that since the soviet union broke up, there's no such thing as the third world.

      hmmm, that kind of kills it, doesn't it?

      Quote Originally Posted by uncle_don View Post

      Children starve to death. Malnourishment is the norm, not the exception.

      Child labor is bad, but children starving to death is worse.


      children starve to death, while you sit in front of your computer and post on rumor sites. nice
    1. uncle_don's Avatar
      uncle_don -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      shame that since the soviet union broke up, there's no such thing as the third world.

      hmmm, that kind of kills it, doesn't it?
      I'm glad to here that you have traveled the world extensively and know there is no third world or true poverty.


      Quote Originally Posted by lolcatsl View Post
      children starve to death, while you sit in front of your computer and post on rumor sites. nice
      Don't worry about me. I sleep very well knowing what I have done and continue to do to help those around me.
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by uncle_don View Post
      I have to laugh at some of these posts, and not the ones that are meant to be funny. I live in a third world country where the average adult income is between $3.00 US and $6.00 US per day. I know children who work. If they don't work they don't eat. That is the way of life for some children.

      I'm not advocating child labor, but do you want the children not to work and starve to death? "Poor" in America means you have an old CRT TV, but it's color. You have to drive a 20 year old car. Where I live poor means living in a tin shack. Not having a TV, but that doesn't matter because you don't have electricity. You have to carry water to your house from a communal well. Only the rich have cars. The "middle class" have motorbikes and the poor walk or have old bicycles. Children starve to death. Malnourishment is the norm, not the exception.

      Child labor is bad, but children starving to death is worse.



      Don't brag about being 15 and ignorant. You can't sue an employer in the third world.
      This is a great post. Thank you
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdyates View Post
      Im 15 and i would love to make iPhones, lol. If i was being mistreated, i'd sue, period.
      I am sure many in the Chinese government would entertain concerns of being mistreated. Perhaps more like enertained.
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hyperextension View Post
      Kids underpaid??? They shouldnt be working in a sweat shop PERIOD.
      wrong! you have no idea what it's like in a third world country, in a situation like that, every one in the family must work in order to survive, and yes even the children. both my parents are not from the unted states and they both had to work, since they were about 8 years old. sure its a horrible thing, but if every one dosen't pitch in the whole family would collapse. Every dime counts when your family is poor, and if these kids work for an underpay and horrible conditions, it's for a reason, maybe the parents put em to it; but they wouldn't make their kids work if they were rich. If someone works in any condition it's because they can't just lay around and expect money to fall from the sky, unlike every damn kid in this country. I've seen way to many spoiled kids that have no idea about work. You say they shouldn't be working in a sweat shop, try being poor, and see what you do for work.
    1. vincentpjimenez's Avatar
      vincentpjimenez -
      its not apple's fault, its these outside companies that tolerate these practices. although, for sure, apple would push through with its fair policies and all that american equality thing, the reality is people from very poor countries would take any job just to survive. its a common business practice to outsource manufacturing of products to other countries specially 3rd world countries because yes, it is more expensive to make them here in the US. if a US laborer were to be paid the minimum $8.5/hr, x 8 hours = $68 a day. Abroad, they would only pay $8 for a day of work. im sure apple is not the only company that does outsourcing, but with the advent of the iPad, theyve been put on the spotlight. im not surprised this is happening.
    1. eremeya's Avatar
      eremeya -
      I was reading an article on Engadget (Apple supplier audit reveals sub-minimum wage pay and records of underage labor -- Engadget) and they were saying that the "children" who were underage were 15 at the time they were working.

      What many people don't know is that here in China your age starts at conception, so, yes they may have been "underage" by the Western way of calculating age but could very well have been just fine according to the Asian way calculating age (I'm not trying to condone child labor, but there are other sides to some of these stories that need to be considered.)


      Quote Originally Posted by uncle_don View Post
      I have to laugh at some of these posts, and not the ones that are meant to be funny. I live in a third world country where the average adult income is between $3.00 US and $6.00 US per day. I know children who work. If they don't work they don't eat. That is the way of life for some children.

      I'm not advocating child labor, but do you want the children not to work and starve to death? "Poor" in America means you have an old CRT TV, but it's color. You have to drive a 20 year old car. Where I live poor means living in a tin shack. Not having a TV, but that doesn't matter because you don't have electricity. You have to carry water to your house from a communal well. Only the rich have cars. The "middle class" have motorbikes and the poor walk or have old bicycles. Children starve to death. Malnourishment is the norm, not the exception.

      Child labor is bad, but children starving to death is worse.



      Don't brag about being 15 and ignorant. You can't sue an employer in the third world.
      Great post
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      shame that since the soviet union broke up, there's no such thing as the third world.

      hmmm, that kind of kills it, doesn't it?
      That would be the second world.

      children starve to death, while you sit in front of your computer and post on rumor sites. nice

      You sure told him!

      People learn and revise geography and history, you sit in front of your computer and manage to post something of pure ignorance. Nice.

    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Sad