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Shareholders approve civil rights audit of Apple policies

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Shareholders approve civil rights audit of Apple policies
The proposal for the civil rights audit pointed out that Apple’s executive team is mostly white men.
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Apple shareholders voted Friday to require an audit looking into whether the company’s policies have a negative impact on the civil rights of its employees and customers.

Apple’s Board of Directors opposed the idea, claiming the company is already committed to respecting civil rights.

Apple Will Team Up With Environmental Group To Audit Chinese Supply Chain For Pollution

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Pollution is a big issue in China, but Apple is doing its bit to help.
Pollution is a big issue in China, but Apple is doing its bit to help.

Apple is set to expand its environmental concern by teaming up with China’s Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs to audit its Chinese supply chain for pollution. Joint investigations are expected to start “in the next few weeks,” according to one report, with “a maker of printed circuit boards” the first of Apple’s suppliers to enter the spotlight.

Foxconn Workers Will Get Pay Raise In July

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Workers' wages will be increased in July, the CEO of Foxconn said.

After the FLA found wide scale violations at Apple’s main manufacturing plant, Foxconn, both Foxconn and Apple promised to fix the issues by 2013. Issues that were found include the amount of overtime worked, compensation workers receive for their overtime, and numerous health and safety risks. In what looks to be the first of changes, Foxconn and Apple will be raising workers’ wages in July.

Foxconn’s Reforms Will Be “Life-Changing” For Workers, Says Labor Group

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Workers at Foxconn assembling Apple products.
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After being invited by Apple to perform an audit at Foxconn, the Fair Labor Association released its findings today in a report. The findings were a bit mixed, saying they found wide scale issues primarily around amount of overtime worked, compensation, and safety. Apple and Foxconn agreed to improve on the FLA’s findings by 2013.

Labor group Human Rights First has reacted this evening, saying that Apple and Foxconn’s changes will help reform supply chains as a whole and will be a turning point for the industry. But primarily, the changes will be “life-changing” for the workers.