Apple, Amazon and Tesla Supplier Allegedly Used Forced Uighur Labor

Chinese supplier Lens Technology allegedly used Uighur workers in its factories, according to documents revealed by a research initiative group.

Chinese supplier Lens Technology allegedly used Uighur workers in its factories, according to documents revealed by a research initiative group.

Lens Technology, a glass supplier for Apple as well as Amazon and Tesla, is accused of employing Muslim Uighurs in forced labor, according to documents uncovered by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP).

TTP is a research initiative of watchdog organization Campaign for Accountability.

Katie Paul, director of TTP said, “Our research shows that Apple’s use of forced labor in its supply chain goes far beyond what the company has acknowledged.”

Paul added, “Apple claims to take extraordinary measures to monitor its supply chain for such problems, but the evidence we found was openly available on the Internet.”

According to a Washington Post report, the documents revealed “how thousands of Uighur workers from the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang were sent to work for Lens Technology.”

Apple spokesperson Josh Rosenstock denied the allegations saying, “Apple has zero tolerance for forced labor.”

Rosenstock maintained that “Looking for the presence of forced labor is part of every supplier assessment we conduct, including surprise audits,” and said that violation of the company’s policies are faced with “immediate consequences, including possible business termination.”

Lens Technology has yet to comment on the allegations.


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