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Apple says experts 'on-site' at Jabil Circuit to investigate abuses

updated 02:33 pm EDT, Thu September 5, 2013

Jabil promises its own audit

Apple already has a "team of experts" on-site at Jabil Circuit's Wuxi factory to investigate reported labor abuses, according to a statement by spokeswoman Kirstin Huguet. Huguet notes that Apple has "conducted 14 comprehensive audits at Jabil facilities since 2008, including three audits of Jabil Wuxi in the past 36 months," and insists that Jabil "has a proactive auditing program of their own and they have an excellent track record of meeting Apple's high standards."

Continuing, the Huguet claims that "year to date, Jabil Wuxi has performed above our 92% average for compliance with Apple's 60-hour per week limit," even if an audit completed earlier this year "did find that some employees had worked more than six consecutive days without a day of rest." Jabil has allegedly been working with Apple to "better manage overtime."

A spokeswoman for Jabil itself says that the company has an audit team "en route to Wuxi to thoroughly investigate these claims." She adds that the supplier "conducts more than 100 annual audits of its operations," and that some (but not all) of the problems mentioned in the China Labor Watch report were discovered in an August audit, prompting immediate "corrective action" in those cases.

Among other abuses, Jabil is accused of forcing workers to put in over 100 hours of mandatory overtime per month, while also denying them millions in overtime pay. The supplier's statement avoids acknowledging or denying that issue, but claims that Jabil has dealt with problems like 10-minute unpaid meetings, and implemented policies like a ban on pregnancy testing or hiring people under 18.

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  1. designr

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 04-22-02

    Why didn't anybody complain about working conditions at these factories until Apple started using them?

    Who spoke up when Pegatron was manufacturing StreamTVs? Toshiba Ultrabooks? HTC tablets? Levono smart pads?

    Where is your outrage at Asus which OWNS Pegatron?

    So let's talk about Jabil....

    "Jabil Circuit, Inc. is a provider of electronics manufacturing services. Jabil designs and manufactures electronics for OEMs in industries including healthcare, life sciences, clean technology, instrumentation, defense, aerospace, automotive, computing, storage, consumer products, networking and telecommunications. They also provide design engineering services, production, product management and aftermarket service to companies in the aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer, defense, industrial, instrumentation, medical, networking, peripherals, solar, storage and telecommunications industries.[7] Jabil is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida and is one of the largest companies in the Tampa Bay area.[8][9] They operate in 33 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.[3]"

    Who spoke up about worker abuses before Apple began using them?

  1. mac_in_tosh

    Junior Member

    Joined: 12-14-11

    "Why didn't anybody complain about working conditions at these factories until Apple started using them?

    While it may be true that Apple garners more attention in these issues, does the fact that other companies use these same factories in any way lessen the apparent abuses that occur there?
    And maybe Apple gets more attention because they in some ways have marketed themselves as different from those other folks.

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