Despite Apple’s Code Of Conduct, Chinese Suppliers Are Still Exploiting Workers


According to Student & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), a labor watchdog group in Hong Kong, Chinese suppliers are still exploiting workers by using “military-style management”, despite Apple’s strict code of conduct. The firm claims that Apple has “failed in its responsibility to monitor its Chinese suppliers” for worker violations, reports CNET


SACOM’s report accuses three of Apple’s Chinese suppliers i.e Foxlink, Pegatron, and Wintek, of failing to provide for basic human needs and continuing to use student workers. Even though Apple has recently taken strict action against those Chinese factories that violate its supplier code of conduct, SACOM’s report suggest that some conditions have worsened due to heavier demand for Apple products. The suppliers have also increased their use of so-called student interns, according to the report

In its code of conduct, Apple claims that it requires its suppliers to uphold its workers’ basic human rights as understood by the international community, and to treat them with dignity and respect. In contrast, our investigations demonstrate that Apple supplier factories are intensifying a military-style management of workers. Apples’ products sales are high, with new models and devices every year…Therefore, to make sure workers meet the daily production targets, Apple suppliers resort to inhumane labor practices, even to the extent of denying workers’ basic human needs, such as allowing bathroom breaks, sufficient rest, and access to proper nutrition.

Factory conditions are also hazardous, according to SACOM, with excessive noise, dust, and potentially dangerous chemicals being used on the factory floors, but workers are not told of the possible risks.


  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    we don’t buy a single word about all this bullshit against apple suppliers in china and in addition, Apple code of conduct can make suggestions and STRONGLY suggest best practices to suppliers in china but then, tasks and responsibilities for monitoring and fixing anomalies must be left to chinese government and government organizations. directors @ apple in US responsibilities cannot go beyond the jurisdiction of the US and definitely the working conditions of apple suppliers in china employees, cannot be worse than the conditions of many (most) restaurants, pizzeria, clubs, call centers, hotels and BB around the EU countries.

    QUOTE: Factory conditions are also hazardous, according to SACOM, with excessive noise, dust, and potentially dangerous chemicals being used on the factory floors, but workers are not told of the possible risks. –

    Comment: no worse than most kitchens in italian restaurants around in london and without mentioning hot water or fluids danger.

  • Jon

    Get a life. Chinese working conditions are the worst in the world and to argue against that is to ignore violations of human rights. Is this Apple’s fault? No, but it doesn’t mean what happens isn’t true and even if what you say is true, that doesn’t make it ok either.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    @95c83dd4a6c90d7542c23989fca13d16:disqus we know who and why rumors and lies like these get to the press attention. Catholic christians with a secure job in public administration for post-industrialized countries, want plants back in their own country however, the reason why we’re not bringing back those plants are labor workers space/jobs would not be reserved for locals and landlords but immigrants instead then, there is no real benefit for the country citizens and benefit would be only for public administration employees (in most capitalist countries, foreigners and immigrants) by getting more money with payments by mean of tax taken from plants worker payslips and then, more money for the “robbery” of catholic church. We are no stupid and are high enough to understand all of You created far too many problems to all of US with trade unions and moaning all the time to work less and less while money for your salary was from labor workers payslip. now it’s just Your own problem if there is not enough money thru tax payments and not enough to pay for all of Your shitty offspring and friends who want a job in public administration with a chair to sit on and do nothing all day. We’re not looking back ever, You should have kept working being grateful to industries holdings families rather making up lies for envy made all of You stupid thieves and fraud addicted. marc (DRAFT)