China. Apple supplier firms were also allegedly recklessly dispose of hazardous waste and have a record that is not good.
Nearly 140 workers injured in a company's suppliers in China two years ago for using toxic chemicals to clean the iPhone screen, while two explosions last year killed four people and injuring over 75 others. Of California technology giant is believed to have been made aware of dangerous conditions in factories in Chengdu, southwestern China, was before the boom in these plants occur. Reported the New York Times, a few days ago.
"If Apple had been warned and do not act, it's disgraceful," said safety expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nicholas Ashford, told the New York Times. "However, what is morally repugnant in one country, in other places it is accepted as business practices, and companies take advantage of it," added the former adviser to the U.S. Department of Labor.
A number of banners at the factory in Chengdu gave warning to 120 000 existing staff. "The hard work in the current job or work hard to find a job tomorrow." There, the workers who arrive late often have to write such a letter of confession.
Daily report comes soon after Apple announced soaring profits worth 13 billion dollars in sales of 46 billion in the last quarter. However, the company still wants the factories overseas produce more.
Apple executives claim, the company has improved its factories in recent years and published a code of conduct on labor and safety for suppliers. However, according to workers' advocacy group, the problem still exists.
According to company reports, over half of the suppliers are audited Apple has violated at least one part of the code of ethics that these things happen every year since 2007-and even in some cases illegal.
An employee of Foxconn, Apple's partners, according to the New York Times, jumped or fell from an apartment block after losing a prototype iPhone in 2009; and 18 other workers apparently tried to commit suicide within two years. Suicide nets have been installed to prevent workers Foxconn jumps to death and began providing mental health care better for their staff.
Li Mingqi worked for Apple partner manufacturers, Foxconn Technology, until last spring. He joined the factory in Chengdu who manage an explosion. He is now suing Foxconn on the dismissal against him. "Apple does not care about anything other than improving product quality and lower production costs," said Li told the New York Times. "Welfare workers do not have anything to do with their interests.
Fatal explosion in Chengdu comes from the aluminum dust formed three weeks after the iPad out. Although there is an investigation of the Apple, seven months after an explosion that followed, though not fatal, in Shanghai.
A former Apple executive claims the company knew it had been irregularities in the field of labor in a factory for four years, "and they continue to proceed (the condition) because the system works for us".
The suppliers were given only a very small profit margin for what they produce for Apple, and the executives in Cupertino always ask for details of cost, number of employees, and salary scale.
Apple founder, Steve Jobs, who died last October, said two years ago that Apple is the world leader in "understanding the conditions of the workers in our supply chain". He said many factories have restaurants, theaters, hospitals, and swimming pool. The staff said they appreciate the facilities, but working conditions are still viewed as something that is not compassionate.
However, the Mail on Sunday visited a factory that makes the iPod Foxconn in Shenzhen, China, in 2006, and the daily reports showing the existence of long working hours, overcrowded accommodation, and the punishment surprisingly Apple executives. "We are trying very hard to make improvements," says a former Apple executive told the New York Times. "But most people will be very annoyed if they see where they made the iPhone."