Apple Supplier Denies Charges of Unsafe, Unclean Conditions

 

Via usnews.com

SHANGHAI (AP) — An Apple Inc. supplier in eastern China has denied allegations by a New York rights group that its workers toil for ten-hour shifts in loud, polluted conditions, without proper overtime pay or adequate safety protections to make MacBook and iPhone parts, before returning to filthy dormitories with cold showers.

The charges highlight the difficulty of managing complex global supply chains — even for companies, like Apple, that have publicly embraced ethical sourcing as a business priority.

Catcher Technology Co. Ltd., which runs the factory in Suqian, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) northwest of Shanghai, said Wednesday in a statement that it had investigated and “verified that none of the claims are accurate.” Catcher also said it was about to acquire land near the factory to build new dormitories because it was “driven to enhance the living standard for our employees.”

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