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Apple discloses suppliers for the first time

The company been criticised for its labour and environmental practices, especially in China.

A police officer stands watch near a Apple's logo after they sealed off the area of its store in Beijing today. The store was egged by angry customers when it didn't open on time.
A police officer stands watch near a Apple's logo after they sealed off the area of its store in Beijing today. The store was egged by angry customers when it didn't open on time.
Image: AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Apple for the first time is disclosing the list of suppliers that produce the iPhone, iPad and other popular gadgets amid criticism of labour and environmental practices, especially in China.

The 2012 “Supplier Responsibility Progress Report” released today says that Apple Inc. conducted 229 audits throughout its supply chain last year. That figure is up 80 percent from 127 audits in 2010.

The audits found labour, health, health and environmental violations, including instances of underage labour. Apple also outlines its response to each of the violations that were uncovered, which included ending its relationship with repeat offenders.

The report says that 78 Apple’s suppliers complied with antidiscrimination standards it has set for them. However only 38 percent observed its working hours policies.

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