Given its needs to interact with a multitude of suppliers from materials acquisition to assembly, Apple’s supply chain record has been streaky in the past. When a 2012 New York Times article relayed accusations of labor violations at multiple Apple affiliated suppliers in China, the public relations crisis prompted Apple to evaluate its practices. As a result, Apple joined the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and created its Supplier Responsibility program. Apple lead analysis earlier this year showed promising trends in plant conditions and treatment of workers at various points in its supply chain, However, new analysis conducted by the FLA and rleased on Aug. 15, shows issues in a number of areas.
The review targeted two facilities operated by Quanta Computer in Shanghai and Changshu, China. Over the course of a multi-day observation period, FLA found a compliance issues ranging from recruitment and overtime policies to health and safety violations. While the FLA holds its member companies to a high standard, it is not a regulatory body, and therefore can only offer remediation suggestions rather than fines.