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Apple Statement on Pegatron

Apple Statement on Pegatron

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Published by IDG News Service
Apple on China Labor Watch's latest report accusing Pegatron of poor working conditions at its factories in CHina
Apple on China Labor Watch's latest report accusing Pegatron of poor working conditions at its factories in CHina

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Published by: IDG News Service on Jul 29, 2013
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 "Apple is committed to providing safe and fair working conditions throughout our supply chain.We lead the industry with far-reaching and specialized audits, the most transparent reporting andeducational programs that enrich the lives of workers who make our products. Apple is the firstand only technology company to be admitted to the Fair Labor Association, and we are dedicatedto protecting every worker in our supply chain.As a part of our extensive Supplier Responsibility program, Apple has conducted 15comprehensive audits at Pegatron facilities since 2007, covering more than 130,000 workersmaking Apple products including annual audits of Pegatron's final assembly locations andsurprise audits at both RiTeng and AVY within the past 18 months.Additionally, we have closely tracked working hours at all of these facilities. Our most recentsurvey in June found that Pegatron employees making Apple products worked 46 hours per week on average. Excessive overtime is not in anyone's best interest, and we work closely with our suppliers to prevent it. Apple surveys working hours for more than 1 million employees acrossour supply chain each month and we report the findings on our website.We have been in close contact with China Labor Watch for several months, investigating issuesthey've raised and sharing our findings. When they first told us that workers' ID cards were beingwithheld, an auditor from our Supplier Responsibility program was on site the next day toinvestigate. We confirmed that labor brokers for Pegatron were holding a small number of IDs asthey helped set up bank accounts for those employees. We demanded Pegatron put a stop to this practice and a new system was in place within a week.Their latest report contains claims that are new to us and we will investigate them immediately.Our audit teams will return to Pegatron, RiTeng and AVY for special inspections this week. If our audits find that workers have been underpaid or denied compensation for any time they'veworked, we will require that Pegatron reimburse them in full.Our audits involve a thorough review of timecards and other documents to guard againstfalsification. We will investigate these new claims thoroughly, ensure that corrective actions aretaken where needed and report any violations of our code of conduct. We will not toleratedeviations from our code.Apple believes in transparency and accountability, both for our suppliers and ourselves. Werealize being a leader in workers rights and being transparent with our findings opens us tocriticism, but we believe strongly that we can make a big difference in the lives of millions of  people by doing so and this provides us the courage and resilience to continue the journey. Weare proud of the work we do with our suppliers to uncover problems and improve conditions for 

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