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Introduction: Apple's Broken Promises (01:53)


This film presents an undercover investigation of Apple's treatment of workers at a major Chinese factory.

Apple Religion (03:13)

"Only cool people use Apple." - With a 39 billion dollar profit in a year, Apple is a sought after brand. Its consumers are more like followers, or fanatics. The company is worth half a trillion dollars.

Worker Suicides (02:29)

Without China, Apple would not be the company it is today. 14 Chinese workers commit suicide at one of the company's biggest suppliers. Long hours, harsh discipline, and poor living conditions were factors.

Working Condition Standards (02:57)

Apple created a set of standards outlining how workers should be treated. It is impossible that Apple is not aware, but working conditions have not improved. Recruits lose their identification and are forced to work.

Breaking Promises (03:31)

"It's like a city, where most of the population lives to produce for Apple." - While Apple's worker standards state no more than eight people per dormitory, many rooms exceed twelve.

Training Techniques (03:21)

During training, workers are treated poorly and demanded to select "willing to work nights," if they do not, the document is cancelled. Trainees will pass the exam, because they chant the answers in unison.

Undercover on the Shop Floor (03:58)

"Workers are treated like a production army." - Apple's exhausted work force is captured using a secret camera. Workers fall asleep while working and on their breaks.

Why Are the Worker's So Tired? (04:07)

For workers, overtime was a built in standard—a breach of Apple's promises. They work over 12 hours a day. Payslips suggest illegal working hours are commonplace.

Apple Declines an Interview (01:17)

When asked for an interview, Apple representatives declined. Instead, a statement was given that the findings will be investigated. Apple claims it has done more than any other company to prevent worker abuse.

Mining Tin in Indonesia (03:27)

Phone, tablet, and computer parts are all held together by tin. The dangerous work of mining tin is often done by family teams,.

Death by Landslide (03:13)

Apple has confirmed that it gets tin from Bangka. Smelters, supplying Apple, cannot tell whether tin purchased is legal or illegal.

Illegal Tin Sold to Apple (04:04)

An investigation of gang members reveals that tin is taken from illegal mines and supplied to Apple. The only thing that matters is the amount and quality of the tin, not where it comes from.

Illegal Tin Mines (03:19)

A child of twelve works alongside his father mining tin to supply Apple. Apple states that the easiest way to solve this problem is to refuse all tin from Indonesia, but that would do "nothing to improve the situation."

Transformation of Villages (03:48)

Countryside villages are transformed by Apple factories in China. The young have left to pursue money in cities to support their families back home. After working 280 hours in four weeks, a fifteen-year-old boy dies.

Maximizing Profits (03:45)

Apple makes $248 profit on every $600-dollar phone; factories spend $5 putting them together. After repeated requests for a day off were denied, one undercover reporter worked 18 days in a row; fatigue leads to industrial injuries.

Investigation Findings (02:30)

Apple stated that it "strongly disagrees" with the investigation's conclusions and no other company is doing as much to ensure "fair and safe working conditions."

Credits: Apple's Broken Promises (00:37)

Credits: Apple's Broken Promises

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Apple is the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that everyone wants—but how are its workers treated when the world isn’t looking? This program goes undercover in China to show what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6. And it’s not just the factories. The program travels to Indonesia to find children working in some of the most dangerous mines in the world. But is the tin they dig out by hand finding its way into Apple’s products? A BBC Production

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL95037

ISBN: 978-1-68272-394-4

Copyright date: ©2014

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