A new BBC investigation found conditions at Pegatron factories in China to be below standards, routinely breaking code and failing to protect workers. The overseas factory, which Apple hires for production of devices such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, is supposedly regulated so poorly that workers are being forced to work 16-hour days without much reprieve. One undercover reporter claimed he and other workers on the production line often fell asleep on the job because the shifts were so long.
In response to BBC’s finding, Apple reminded the program that the Cupertino company works hard to ensure overseas factories follow code.
“We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions,” an Apple spokesman told the BBC. “We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done.”
Apple claims it performed its own internal investigations for more than one million workers, and found that staff at Pegatron averaged 55 hours per week. That would amount to 11-hour days, with breaks in between when Apple says it is “very common practice for workers to nap.” BBC’s report also noted that, in addition to long work days, standards for ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and underage workers were also breached.
Poor working conditions has been a hot topic of discussion, especially at Apple factories, ever since 14 workers at these factories killed themselves in 2010. Apple routinely uses Pegatron for big releases; the latest Apple release took place in September, when the company launched its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple has performed several investigations of its own over the years to ensure standards are met, though deplorable conditions still allegedly exist.
The BBC report also highlights the use of materials used in Apple products that have been acquired in illegal mines. Apple responded to BBC’s findings by saying it is committed to improving the situation, and will “attempt to drive changes on the ground.”
You can check out the BBC’s full report at the source link below.