Apple sends medical experts to Pegatron factory after worker death
TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Apple Inc on Thursday said it sent medical experts to contractor Pegatron Corp's Shanghai factory last month after a 15-year-old employee died of pneumonia.
Apple has taken various measures in response to criticism that its products were made in sweatshop-like conditions, since employee suicides at supplier Foxconn in 2010. Last year, it commissioned the Fair Labour Association to investigate suppliers' factories.
"Last month we sent independent medical experts from the US and China to conduct an investigation at the factory," Apple said in a statement. "While they have found no evidence of any link to working conditions there, we realise that is of little comfort to the families who have lost their loved ones.
"Apple has a long-standing commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace for every worker in our supply chain, and we have a team working with Pegatron at their facility to ensure that conditions meet our high standards."