Last week, a BBC documentary uncovered the brutal working conditions at factories of Apple’s suppliers in China. While Apple has strongly disagreed to the documentary’s conclusions, one of its suppliers Pegratron issued a statement saying that it will look into the matter and will also start implementing improvements, Digitimes reports.
Pegatron issued a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange saying, “It will inspect all the negative claims carried in the report and will start implementing improvements to ensure the problems are solved.” Additionally, the company also revealed that it “offers many channels for employees to make suggestions and complaints, 94 percent of them were resolved within three days of receiving them in 2014.”
The documentary revealed the issues with working conditions at Pegatron’s factories outside Shanghai and life threatening issues at Indonesian tin mining operations. The documentary found overcrowded dormitories, involuntary overtime, child laborers, and excessively long work weeks. The workers at the factory were shown to be so exhausted that they would often fall asleep during their shift hours. The program also showed a mining operation in Indonesia, where children digging the hole were putting their life at risk.
Apple has however strongly objected to the documentaries’ claims. The Cupertino-based giant’s senior executive Jeff Williams said that he and Apple chief executive Tim Cook 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.”