Is Apple Trying To Lobby The Forced Labour Act In China Against Human Rights?

Apple is reportedly trying to weaken the forced labour bill in China for its own benefits. Have a look at how Apple fails to take a stand in such a major crisis.

Sania Kader

November 24, 2020

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Apple has lately been facing a lot of backlash with a recent report claiming that it has been lobbying against a forced labour bill in China. According to a report released by The Washington Post, Apple is one of the many companies that have allegedly trying to weaken the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act as it would require all US-based companies to prove that no imprisoned workers from Xinjiang are being used for the manufacturing of their products. Other 82 companies to come under the radar includes major names like Zara, Amazon, and Victoria’s Secret amongst others. Amazon was quick to respond to the allegations and make its stance clear on the issue.

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A recent report has invited immense flak on the tech giant Apple for reportedly lobbying against the forced labour bill of China. The report suggests that Apple has been trying to weaken the bill which aims at blocking the use of forced labour from Xinjiang. The report states that if the bill becomes a law, Apple might suffer great consequences and restrictions. In March, a few news organizations had revealed that four instances of forced labour were found in the Apple supply chain. According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, close to 2000 Uighurs were transferred by Chinese govt in 2017, to the O Film factory which manufactures selfie camera for Apple.

In 2019, the China Labour Watch had published an article reporting a series of human rights violations at Foxconn Factory in Jiangsu, which is a major supplier for Apple. It was accused of holding back bonus payments, cutting back on safety training, and of employing more temporary workers than permitted. Apple had completely denied the allegations but had accepted that they had exceeded the limits on contract workers.

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Around 82 foreign and international companies have tainted supply chains according to the most recent report. A number of multi-millionaire companies like Amazon, Nintendo, and Nike have made it to the list, drawing concerns over manufacturing in China. Companies like Amazon were quick to react on the allegations, denouncing forced labour completely. General Motors also cut off ties with the supplier in question, in relation to the forced labour law. Apple is also expected to take a loud and clear stance as the company is heavily dependent on Chinese manufacturing.

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