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Apple Supplier Pegatron to Make Changes Following BBC Report

Apple Supplier Pegatron to Make Changes Following BBC Report

On the heels of a BBC report that alleged mistreatment of its workers at one of its factories, Apple production partner Pegatron says it will be looking into the matter, and will make any necessary changes.

Worker on a Pegatron Assembly Line


In a statement issued to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, Pegatron Technology said on Monday that plans to investigate the claims that appeared last week in the BBC report. The company also said that employee safety is its top priority, and it is working to ensure all of its workers are safe.

Pegatron went on to mention the strict training it requires for its employees and management, and explained how it uses external inspectors to audit the conditions in its facilities.

While Pegatron’s statement made no mention of Apple, the BBC One report focused on Pegatron’s relationship with the Cupertino firm, and used hidden cameras and undercover reporters to expose mistreatment of workers on one of its iPhone production lines.

The report by the BBC has come under fire by Apple, who last week circulated an internal memo to employees, saying officials at the company were “deeply offended” by the allegations made in the report, and alleged certain details supplied by Apple were left out of the BBC documentary.

Apple executive Jeff Williams noted that Apple’s own audits show that it has achieved an average of 93% compliance with its 60-hour workweek rule, while pointing out that the company could do better, and vowing that it will do better.

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