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Supply chains in China

Author: The Economist, Published on: 4 March 2010

…According to a report…[Apple] released on February 23rd, the treatment of workers at several of its contractors… broke both local laws and Apple’s own standards…Apple says some of its suppliers hired underage employees… and paid less than the minimum wage. They also violated Apple’s own standards by discriminating against pregnant women…To be fair, Apple was under no obligation to commission the report or make its findings public…China’s reluctance to grant visas to foreign reporters and its censorship of the press does allow factories to elude the kind of scrutiny that would be routine elsewhere. But even China may have limits. On February 25th the People’s Daily…reported that 62 workers had been poisoned in a…factory… run by Wintek… [also refers to Nike, Nokia]

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Related companies: Apple Nike Nokia Wintek