BBC Panaroma went undercover by sending reporters disguised as workers to one of Apples main supply partners — a company named Pegatron. They discovered that Apples promises to protect workers were not being carried out, as outlined in Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct found here.
While many violations against workers are reported in the documentary, which can be watched in full at the bottom of this article, perhaps one of the most striking revelations is that Apple was using children in Indonesia to dig up tin needed for the popular iPhone, in extremely dangerous working conditions. Landslides are a known issue, and the documentary shows the dead bodies of miners, who were caught in them and buried alive.
Among the many violations that were unearthed:
One of the BBC One’s undercover reporters was subjected to 16-hour shifts, and another had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off.
Before BBC went to Apples Headquarters in Cupertino, California, they were told they would be meeting with Apple’s top people, but when they arrived, a different reality revealed itself, and instead were told they were not able to speak about the matter anymore.
What does Apple have to hide? After all, Apple has been one of the most outspoken companies on reforming its overseas suppliers practices in the workplace and lives by a special code of conduct. It’s also one of the main reasons people buy its products. It’s not just about what product is produced, but it’s supposed to be much more than that. People buy Apple over competitors because they like what they stand for. At least, what they “seem” to stand for after the millions of dollars that are spent on marketing that image to us. On paper they’re great.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has said in the past on the subject:
Apple cares about everything from protecting people, to protecting the planet. To me that means, everything is important, on how you work with suppliers with labor questions, to the things you choose to support, to the way you treat your employees.
They have made a series of promises on how workers should be treated. They are making a major effort to show that they are being a leader in this area. But, is it true? That’s what this documentary is all about. Find out for yourself.
Watch the full documentary here:
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