Apple published a report about the next round of inspections at enterprises of their partners. The company conducted an audit of personnel documents , documents of employees , as well as working conditions in factories, 451 , is a provider of Apple in 2013.
According to CNews, this year’s audit raised 12% more companies than the year before . Among the areas in which significant progress was made – responsible sourcing of minerals. In December 2013 received confirmation that none of the plants in the tantalum supply chain Apple does not belong to the producers of “conflict minerals .”
From this year on all the company’s suppliers , mining tin, tungsten and gold, will be subject to similar requirements – or the presence of conflict- Enterprise certification , or an active work on obtaining this status .
In addition , during this period , the number of vendors who operate normally on the maximum 60 -hour working week .
In 2013, Apple broke the relationship with Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics after the fact found using child labor . During the next round of inspections at enterprises of their Chinese partners, Apple found that the contractor working at least 74 employees who have not attained the age of 16 . Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics manufactures components for many companies in various industries .
Once Apple found that a Chinese company employed child labor , an investigation was initiated on how children were being hired by the enterprise. It turned out that their employment was engaged in one of the largest recruitment agencies in the region – Shenzhen Quanshun Human Resources. Apple complained to local government agency , after which it was fined and his license – suspended.