Apple releases its 2015 supplier responsibility progress report, bans practice known as bonded labor

Apple released its 2015 supplier responsibility progress report which can be found here.

And as Tim Higgins reports on Bloomberg, Apple has banned a practice known as bonded labor:

Apple Inc. is requiring factories to pay recruitment fees for employees instead of saddling new hires with the costs, in a change to a controversial labor practice that has attracted widespread criticism.

The maker of iPhones informed suppliers in October that it would prohibit any worker on an Apple line from being charged such expenses, which is a practice known as bonded labor, the Cupertino, California-based company said in its annual supplier audit released Wednesday.

“That fee needs to be paid by the supplier and Apple ultimately bears that fee when we pay the supplier and we’re OK doing that,” Jeff Williams, Apple senior vice president of operations, said Wednesday in an interview. “We just don’t want the worker to absorb that.”