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Saturday, February 19, 2011
China's rotten Apple core
" HUA HIN, Thailand - Following increasing scrutiny, the fastidious but lucrative Apple Inc has released a report revealing child labor, poisonings, overworking and suicides at a number of its Chinese suppliers. According to its annual Supplier Responsibility 2011 Progress Report, Apple found 91 children working in 10 factories last year, nine times more than the previous year.
The company also acknowledged that 137 workers were poisoned by n-hexane, a toxic chemical in cleaning agents, used apparently without Apple's go-ahead at a Chinese plant manufacturing its products, and that under a third of the facilities it audited were complying with its code on working hours. A maximum 60-hour week with one day off had been set; only 32% of places met that requirement and only 57% were compliant with a company code on safety in the workplace."