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Tim Culpan

Apple Must Ask Why Good Help Is So Hard to Find

The iPhone developer has strict rules and tough enforcement, yet suppliers are still committing labor violations.

What’s going on in Apple’s China supply chain?

What’s going on in Apple’s China supply chain?

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s decision to suspend new business with a key supplier highlights just how hard it is for the world’s biggest tech company to find partners that are both reliable and do the right thing by their workers. The problem may be of its own making.

Pegatron Corp. won’t get any new contracts after the Taipei-based company was found to have committed labor violations related to its student workers’ program at factories in China. According to Apple, some were misclassified and allowed to do night shifts and overtime, in contravention of the Cupertino-based company’s rules, Bloomberg News reported