Apple Finds Child Labor Abuses at Foreign Factories

Company's own report details 11 cases overseas
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2010 1:29 PM CST
Apple Finds Child Labor Abuses at Foreign Factories
The Apple iPad.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Apple's own investigation of the factories in its supply chain found 11 cases of 15-year-olds on the job. The company didn't identify the locations, but most of its facilities are in China. Apple ordered a "complete analysis" and a review of employment records. The report also found that about half of its 102 factories routinely ignored Apple's rule that people not work more than 60 hours a week, reports the Telegraph.

Other common problems included lax safety regulations and too-low wages. The company said it cut ties with one factory in particular: "When we investigated, we uncovered records and conducted worker interviews that revealed excessive working hours and seven days of continuous work."
(More Apple stories.)

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