Apple has recently come under fire for working conditions found within many supply partner factories, resulting in the company’s CEO Tim Cook to say he’s “deeply offended” by the results of some findings.As a result, changes were always coming, and now some of those have finally been implemented. According to a report published by Bloomberg on Wednesday, February 11, Apple has systematically banned “bonded servitude” within its supply factories across the globe. Apple will now require these factories to saddle up the fees accrued through recruitment, rather than forcing new employees to pay them on their own.
“That fee needs to be paid by the supplier and Apple ultimately bears that fee when we pay the supplier and we’re OK doing that,” Jeff Williams, Apple senior vice president of operations, said Wednesday in an interview. “We just don’t want the worker to absorb that.“
Apple reportedly notified suppliers of this incoming change back in October, which will prohibit any worker that’s working on an Apple line from landing these expenses on their own.
It’s a change in the right direction, but many would say that there are still quite a few areas with employment within these supply partner factories that need to be addressed.