Apple Suspends Business With iPhone Supplier Pegatron for Labor Violations

Apple has suspended its partnership with Pegatron after it discovered that the major iPhone supplier was committing labor violations at a student workers' program.

pegatron logo
Bloomberg reports that several weeks ago Apple found Pegatron had been falsifying paperwork to cover up the violations of Apple's code of conduct for suppliers. Specifically, the Taiwanese manufacturer had misclassified student workers, which allowed some to work nights and overtime. Employees reportedly then "went to extraordinary lengths" to cover up the violations.

"Pegatron misclassified the student workers in their program and falsified paperwork to disguise violations of our Code, including allowing students to work nights and/or overtime and in some cases to perform work unrelated to their major," Apple said in a statement to Bloomberg. "The individuals at Pegatron responsible for the violations went to extraordinary lengths to evade our oversight mechanisms."

Pegatron said the violations took place at its Shanghai and Kunshan campuses in eastern China and that students working night shifts, over-time, and in positions unrelated to their majors were "not in compliance with local rules and regulations." Pegatron has since fired the manager who oversaw the student worker program.

"Upon discovery of this non-compliant activity, we immediately took the student workers off production lines and worked with our customer and third-party experts to make appropriate arrangements for them to return to their homes or schools with proper compensation alongside all necessary support and care," Pegatron said in a statement.

Apple has put Pegatron on probation as a result of the violations, and while supplier's current ‌iPhone‌ business is not expected to be affected, it could lose some ‌iPhone‌ 12 orders to Luxshare next year.

This isn't the first time Pegatron has been accused of worker abuse. A 2013 report by China Labor Watch found evidence of unpaid overtime and underpayment of student workers at Pegatron's Shanghai assembly plant. Other companies in Apple's Chinese-based production chain including Foxconn and Catcher Technology have also flouted local regulations in the past, forcing Apple to tighten standards and audit the companies that manufacture components for its devices.

Note: Due to the political or social nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

Top Rated Comments

spyguy10709 Avatar
43 months ago
I don't see how


Apple has put Pegatron on probation... business is not expected to be affected
translates into


Suspends Business
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
43 months ago

It is crazy how we perceive Apple as a premium brand, but they are really products being manufactured by cheap Chinese labor.

I love my iPhone 12 Pro, but stories like these make me feel gross about supporting a company like Apple. It is time to invest in the country that made them rich, or get out.
Wait, isn't this actually a good thing for Apple since they actually put efforts to curtail naughty suppliers? Pegatron made a ton of other stuff, including laptops and components, yet we don't see other brands (I'm looking at you Asus) putting the same scrutiny as Apple.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citysnaps Avatar
43 months ago

It is crazy how we perceive Apple as a premium brand, but they are really products being manufactured by cheap Chinese labor.

I love my iPhone 12 Pro, but stories like these make me feel gross about supporting a company like Apple. It is time to invest in the country that made them rich, or get out.
Maybe you should instead purchase your tech products from companies not using Chinese suppliers and contract manufacturing? Or companies looking the other way when labor violations are discovered with their suppliers/contract manufacturers? And then you wouldn't need to feel gross.

Hat-tip to Apple and Mr. Cook for not looking the other way and instead taking action. I suspect many tech companies simply look the other way out of convenience.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neuropsychguy Avatar
43 months ago

Shocker, China abusing their workers ?‍♀️
That's not what it looks like. It looks like the students wanted to work more hours or different hours than they were allowed to and a manager helped them do it and falsified paperwork: "Apple said it didn’t find evidence of forced or underage labor in Pegatron’s case".

There are plenty of worker abuses (and forced labor) in China [not to mention this is Taiwan] but this doesn't appear to be one of those cases.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
43 months ago

It is crazy how we perceive Apple as a premium brand, but they are really products being manufactured by cheap Chinese labor.

I love my iPhone 12 Pro, but stories like these make me feel gross about supporting a company like Apple. It is time to invest in the country that made them rich, or get out.
apple would gladly sell you a $1.5k entry level iPhone
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
roxygal9 Avatar
43 months ago
Shocker, China abusing their workers ?‍♀️
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID Single Camera Hole

Six Reasons to Wait for Next Year's iPhone 17

Thursday February 22, 2024 4:20 am PST by
Apple's iPhone development roadmap runs several years into the future and the company is continually working with suppliers on several successive iPhone models concurrently, which is why we sometimes get rumored feature leaks so far ahead of launch. The iPhone 17 series is no different, and already we have some idea of what to expect from Apple's 2025 smartphone lineup. If you plan to skip...
iPhone Notch

Apple Explored These Notch and Dynamic Island Designs for iPhones

Friday February 23, 2024 2:05 pm PST by
With the iPhone 14 Pro models in 2022, Apple introduced the Dynamic Island, which can morph and expand to display system alerts, sports scores, and a variety of other information. The feature makes the space surrounding the front camera and Face ID sensors useful compared to the notch on older iPhone models. Apple explored a variety of ideas for the iPhone's notch area over the years before...
General Apps Messages

iOS 17.4 to Add This 'Groundbreaking' New Messaging Feature

Friday February 23, 2024 5:05 am PST by
With iOS 17.4, set to arrive in March 2024, Apple is bringing a new cryptographic security feature to iMessage called PQ3. This "groundbreaking" and "state-of-the-art" protocol provides "extensive defenses against even highly sophisticated quantum attacks," according to Apple. Let's break down what that means. Apple's iMessage service already supports end-to-end encryption, but security...
cracked glass vision pro

Handful of Apple Vision Pro Units Develop Identical Crack in Cover Glass

Friday February 23, 2024 4:46 am PST by
A small number of Apple Vision Pro owners have claimed that their headsets developed a hairline crack down the middle of the front cover glass, despite having never been dropped or mishandled. Photo of hairline crack in Vision Pro front glass (credit: Reddit user Inphenite) The first report was posted in the subreddit /r/VisionPro about 18 days ago, and several more have appeared in the last...
New Macs iPads iOS 17 4

What to Expect at Potential Apple Event in March: iPads, Macs, and More

Friday February 23, 2024 8:35 am PST by
Apple often holds its first media event of the year in March, so the company could be just weeks away from announcing new products. Below, we have outlined what to expect from a potential Apple Event this March. Past Apple Events in March Apple has held five events in March since 2015:Monday, March 9, 2015 Monday, March 21, 2016 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Monday, March 25, 2019 Tuesday,...
iOS 17

When Will Apple Release iOS 17.4 for iPhones?

Friday February 23, 2024 11:56 am PST by
Apple has been beta testing iOS 17.4 for nearly a month now. Below, we explain when the update is likely to be released to all users. In its press release announcing major App Store changes in the EU, which were implemented in response to new regulations under the EU's Digital Markets Act, Apple confirmed that iOS 17.4 will be released at some point in March:Developers can learn about these...
Next Generation CarPlay Porsche 1

Apple Launching Next-Generation CarPlay This Year With These New Features

Wednesday February 21, 2024 2:03 pm PST by
Apple recently updated its website to confirm that the first vehicle models with next-generation CarPlay support will debut "in 2024." This wording is shown on Apple's regional websites for the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries. The iOS 17.4 beta includes code-level references to eight new CarPlay apps:Auto Settings: This app will let you manage paired iPhones...