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Labor Conditions in Apple's Factories

Apple has released its annual report [PDF] on the labor conditions in its factories overseas. Highlights:

  • Underage workers: "Across the three facilities, our auditors found records of 11 workers who had been hired prior to reaching the legal age."
  • More than half of the plants had employees working more than the permissible 60 hours per week.
  • 45 of the 102 audited plants were docking employee pay as a means of punishment. Apple says this is legal according to local laws, but has stopped this practice.

What obligations do American companies have to go beyond local laws in ensuring fair working conditions for their employees (and sub-contractors) overseas? --ADM [via Consumerist]

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