Apple Cracks Down on Underage Labor in Chinese Supply Chain

On Thursday, Apple published its 7th Supplier Responsibility Report, which reveals the company’s bold efforts to ensure that responsible labor practices are associated with the production of Apple devices in Asia.

To that end, Apple has ended its working relationship with a Chinese component supplier after discovering 74 underage labor violations.

The progress reports (which chronicle Apple’s findings in the supply and manufacturing chain pertinent to labor and human rights, health and safety, and environment) were created in response to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s desire to record and boost transparency in the Asian market, where many of Apple’s products are wholly or partially produced.

In an interview on Thursday, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said the company has increased its efforts to solve two of the most challenging issues — ensuring there are no under aged workers in its supply chain and limiting working hours to 60 hours a week.

“We go deep in the supply chain to find it,” Williams said, according to Reuters. “And when we do find it, we ensure that the underage workers are taken care of, the suppliers are dealt with.”