BBC Goes Undercover at the Factories That Make Apple Products [Watch]

BBC Goes Undercover at the Factories That Make Apple Products [Watch]

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BBC has aired Panorama: Apple's Broken Promises, an investigation into the treatment of workers in the Chinese factories that make Apple products.

The report found that Apple's promises to protect factory workers were routinely broken.

Apple is the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that everyone wants - but how are its workers treated when the world isn't looking? Panorama goes undercover in China to show what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6. And it's not just the factories. Reporter Richard Bilton travels to Indonesia to find children working in some of the most dangerous mines in the world. But is the tin they dig out by hand finding its way into Apple's products?

BBC says it found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories.

The news outlet was able to capture video of exhausted workers falling asleep during lengthy 12 hour shifts. One reported had to work 18 days straight despite repeatedly requesting a day off. Another reported who worked up to 16 hours in one shift said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move. Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress."

Apple strongly disagreed with the program's conclusions stating, "We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions. We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done."

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it wasnt me - December 20, 2014 at 2:29pm
1. Applicants are readymade acolytes  2. New employees are indoctrinated  3. Employees aren't allowed to speak to the media  4. Apple is immersed in weird lingo  5. Rapture gives way to disillusionment Welcome to the Cult!
it's just you - December 20, 2014 at 2:36pm
1. These non existent applications wasn't even read by you. 2. Any type of employees are always conceded with perfect attendance and hard work. 3. It doesn't matter if media is spoken so why bother with that? 4. it wasn't me is a delusional from his world! 5. Gullible myths prove their neglectsmlike you! Say hi to reality!
Sheesh... - December 20, 2014 at 12:23pm
All those folks and my phone is still on back order.
iProService - December 20, 2014 at 10:57am
Unless we are mistaken, are not Apple's products designed by Apple in the USA but actually assumed and built at third party factories in China owned and operated by Foxconn
iProService - December 20, 2014 at 10:59am
The same Foxconn who also assembles and manufactured goods for various other leading companies, not just Apple?
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