The best part of Apple’s self-congratulatory supplier responsibility reports are the stories it tells about the bad actors.
From the 2018 Progress Report:
- In 2017, we uncovered 38 cases of falsification of working hours data. In all cases, suppliers were placed on immediate probation.
- In 2017, one supplier restricted site access and refused to provide production records, a third-party audit, or documentation to justify wage calculation, which resulted in the supplier receiving a Core Violation.
- In 2017, we uncovered two cases of underage labor. The two underage employees were ages 14 and 15. In both cases, individuals used false identification to gain employment. Once identified, both were immediately transported home and enrolled in their choice of schools while continuing to receive wages from the supplier. Upon reaching legal working age, they will be offered a job at the supplier facility they departed, should they wish to return.
- In 2017, three suppliers were identified with foreign contract workers who were charged recruitment fees… In one case, over 700 foreign contract workers were recruited from the Philippines to work for a supplier through a private employment agency. This resulted in excessive placement fees of more than US$1M… In each case, the supplier was required to repay the recruitment fees in full to all impacted workers.
In total, according to Apple, its suppliers last year returned $1.9 million in excessive recruitment fees to 1,558 people affected by bonded labor, bringing the total to $30 million repaid to over 35,000 employees since 2008.
My take: Name another company that does half as much to clean up its act.