Ahead of a story airing later today, the BBC has published a report detailing the apparent poor treatment of workers at a Chinese plant of Apple supplier Pegatron. The manufacturer builds a number of devices for Apple, including the iPhone 6.
Some of issues found by the undercover reporters include standards being breached in a number of areas like worker hours, ID cards, dormitories, and more.
Here’s a clip from the report.
One reporter worked 18 days in a row at the plant, even after asking for a day off. Logging overtime is supposedly voluntary. Many exhausted workers are seen sleeping on the assembly lines.
The report also details how illegally mined materials, like tin, could be entering Apple’s supply chain from an island in Indonesia.
Apple didn’t respond to requests for an interview, but did issue a statement to the BBC:
“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.”
After a rash of suicides at Foxconn in China, Apple vowed to more closely monitor its suppliers and routinely publishes supplier responsibility reports.
For other news today, see: Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 3 to registered developers, Jimmy Fallon gives away free iPads on ‘The Tonight Show,’ and Hyundai to unveil a ‘Display Auto’ in-dash system that works with Apple CarPlay.