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Apple claims that it works to improve and monitor conditions, most recently publishing an audit that revealed underage workers and involuntary labor. Although Apple has performed inspections and audits at an increasing rate since beginning them in 2005, the question of whether or not it genuinely would drop major suppliers — especially Foxconn — doesn't seem to have as clear an answer. One former Apple executive said, "Noncompliance is tolerated, as long as the suppliers promise to try harder next time. If we meant business, core violations would disappear." Former executives say that Apple has only terminated relationships with 15 suppliers since 2007, a claim which seems to verify the lack of teeth in Apple's compliance policies.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/1/26/2735663/apples-labor-practices-former-executives

Very interesting. It seems like Apple is giving mixed signals with their extraordinary demands and their "audits" to investigate some of the workers' violation claims
Edited by quentin - 1/25/12 at 11:54pm