How BBC’s Investigation Might Affect Apple’s iPhone

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The BBC started an investigation into a Pegatron plant that Apple uses to manufacturer their products in China, and found ‘poor treatment’ of workers, after Apple responded to the claims, saying: “We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions. We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done.”

The BBC started an investigation that went inside a Pegatron plant that Apple uses to manufacturer/produce their products in China, and found various of notable things while investigating. The BBC found standards on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories. They even recorded workers simply falling asleep on the production line after a 12-hour long shift.

The BBC used undercover reporters to find problems or issues within the supply source. One reporter found the longest shift worked to be 16 hours. Another worker had to work 18 days straight an a row, without a day off, even with requests for days of rest.

However, Apple notes that they found supply chain employees work 55-hours per week on average. The Cupertino-based company has an entire “Supplier Responsibility” page highlighting their works. The British media giant plans to air their investigation on their BBC Panorama program, which airs on December 18th at 21:00 GMT (9:00 PM Friday, Greenwich Mean Time).

Being under fire for these claims and videos, Apple responded to them, by saying: “We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions. We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done.”