Tim Cook 'Deeply Offended' By BBC Documentary On Apple Factory Conditions

Posted: Dec 21 2014, 12:14pm CST | by , in News | Apple


Tim Cook 'Deeply Offended' by BBC Documentary on Apple Factory Conditions
  • Child labor in Indonesian mines
  • Dangerous working conditions
  • Chinese factory workers mistreated

The BBC report claims that Chinese workers were forced to work long hours and are denied a day off

The Telegraph has reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been quite taken aback by the allegations which say that Apple mistreats workers in its supplier factories and mines. According to a BBC news program Panorama, some undercover reporters had been sent to work in the Chinese factories as well as the Indonesian mines and this is how the fruit giant was accused. The documentary titled as "Apple's Broken Promises" was aired by the British network on its BBC One channel.

Tim Cook’s message was conveyed by Jeff Williams, the vice president of operations at Apple, through an email sent to its UK staff. In a statement coming from them both, they have expressed immense disappointment and said that they were "deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way."

"Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions," he continued. "Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth." According to the details stated in the email by Williams, BBC had received all the facts for their documentary by Apple itself. Apple gave away information such as the company's commitment to its workers worldwide but this wasn’t included in the documentary.

As represented by the report of BBC, the Chinese workers are forced into working longer hours as they slave away to assemble the Apple devices and any requests for days off are not entertained, even after they have worked 18 hours at a stretch. In the documentary, some issues related to off-hour work meetings, underage workers and other violations with dormitories and ID cards were also revealed.

BBC has also accused Apple of employing child labor at the Indonesian mines where children are working under conditions which can be dangerous for them. The documentary claims that Apple has no knowledge of how this tin is being added to their supply chain ultimately.


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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/32" rel="author">Ahmed Humayun</a>
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