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26 Jan 2013

Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times

Apple says child labour found at suppliers [China]

Apple found 11 facilities across its supply chain using child labour last year, the iPhone maker said in its annual “Supplier Responsibility” report. The California-based company…said it had uncovered 106 “active cases” of children being employed by its suppliers over the course of 2012…None of those individuals is still employed by the suppliers, after Apple worked with its partners to help them spot fake identification documents or falsified records. In one extreme case, 74 of those 106 under-16s were employed by a single Chinese manufacturer...A large local labour agency “knowingly” supplied the children, Apple said. Apple terminated its relationship with the supplier and reported the labour agency to the local authorities, who fined it and suspended its licence. “Our approach to underage labour is clear: We don’t tolerate it, and we’re working to eradicate it from our industry,”...Apple found improvements among its suppliers during 2012 in areas such as anti-discrimination, freedom of association and wages.