What happens when environmentalists go on a rampage? Cupertino swallows it’s pride and admits to it’s faults.
Apple has long enough denied all and any allegations regarding pollution problem it’s manufacturing plants pose to China. But now Apple has admitted to it’s mistakes and is in the process of working with third-party auditors to review 15 of its supplier plants.
According to Caixin
Now, the company says it is looking into pollution along its supply line, and has promised to improve environmental standards for future parts manufacturers.
In a three-hour meeting with Chinese environmental groups on November 15, the technology company said it is working with third-party bodies to audit 15 of its suppliers in China. 11 of the 15 reviews have been completed, with the remaining four "on the road," the company said.
Apple declined to specify which supply firms were under review or what specific environmental problems the audits have thus far uncovered. The company said it has invested more than 100 million yuan towards pollution control, and that it plans to edit and combine the audit results into a new set of standards for suppliers.
Apple has a very bad history when it comes up to safe production practices. While the company might be great in delivering products, the manufacturing truth is far from pleasant.
Foxconn was in limelight for suicides and now the pollution problem points at Apple’s seriousness towards work and environment ethics. Also, the number of underage employment cases had increased to 91 in 2010, from 25 in 2009.
We hope Apple management wakes up in time and takes corrective measures, before it’s too late…!!