Internal Report Shows Some Rotten Apple Suppliers Using Child Labor
That doesn't mean there wasn't any cause for concern. Many violations were still found, including a total of six active and 13 historical cases of underage labor at five facilities.
"In each case, the facility had insufficient controls to verify age or detect false documentation," Apple noted in its report. "We found no instances of intentional hiring of underage labor."
Apple said that some of its suppliers work with third-party labor agencies to hire contract workers from various countries, and these agencies in turn may work through multiple sub-agencies in the hiring country.
All told, over a quarter -- 26 percent -- of Apple's audited suppliers were in violation of labor practices in some form or another, whether it related to underage labor, working hours, anti-discrimination, or other violations.