BBC One will be airing a documentary, Apple’s Broken Promises, later this week. The documentary examines the working conditions for workers who produce components and assemble the company’s popular iPhone 6 handsets.
Apple is the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that everyone wants – but how are its workers treated when the world isn’t looking? Panorama goes undercover in China to show what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6. And it’s not just the factories. Reporter Richard Bilton travels to Indonesia to find children working in some of the most dangerous mines in the world. But is the tin they dig out by hand finding its way into Apple’s products?
The one-hour long documentary is scheduled to air on BBC One at 9:00 PM UK time on Thursday, December 18. An online version will be available shortly following the broadcast, and hopefully will air globally at some point in the future.
The BBC’s documentary won’t be the first time Apple’s supply chain has gone under scrutiny, as ABC’s Nightline news program visited Foxconn factories back in 2012. Apple cooperated with Nightline, which provided a look at the company’s iPhone and iPad production lines. While the report highlighted the long shift and low wages workers dealt with, the report also featured Apple’s efforts to ensure that the workers were being treated fairly.