Apple is cutting ties with a Chinese component supplier in the wake of discovering that the supplier in question uses underage labor.
News of Apple's decision came straight from its latest Supplier Responsibility Report, which was released yesterday as the seventh installment to date. The progress reports allow Apple to investigate manufacturing and supply partner behavior across a wide array of categories including labor and human rights, health and safety, and environment.
The comprehensive report alleges that Apple learned through a 2012 audit of Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics (circuit board maker) that more than six-dozen underage labor violations had occurred under management. Apple's own code of labor clearly delineates acceptable policies for labor and the supplier at the center of this controversy was apparently in violation of such policies.
Under Chief Executive Tim Cook, who took over from Steve Jobs in 2011, Apple has taken new steps to improve its record and boost transparency, including the extensive audits of its sprawling supply chain. Last year, it agreed to separate audits by the independent Fair Labor Association.