SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. said it found more than a dozen serious violations of labor laws or Apple’s own rules at its suppliers that needed immediate correction.
The findings were outlined in a company report on audits of 102 supplier facilities conducted in 2009. That was a year in which questions about the practices of one of Apple’s suppliers came into focus after the suicide of a Chinese worker who held a sensitive job handling iPhones.
Along with many other technology companies, Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., relies heavily on foreign contractors to build its products.
Apple said in its latest report that “by making social responsibility a fundamental part of the way we do business, we insist that our suppliers take Apple’s code as seriously as we do.’’
Apple said it found 17 “core’’ violations, the most serious type.
Those included three cases of underage workers being hired; eight instances of workers paying “recruitment’’ fees that were above the legal limits in those countries; three cases in which suppliers used noncertified vendors to dispose of hazardous waste; and three others in which the companies gave false records during the audits.