Apple rejected a claim that its supplier Lens Technology used forced labor from Uighur Muslims to build iPhones. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Lens Technology exploited thousands of Uighur workers at its factories in China.
- Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said the company has "zero tolerance for forced labor," and it regularly conducts surprise audits to ensure suppliers are adhering to guidelines.
- Uighur Muslims are an ethnic minority in China's Xinjiang region, and the government is accused of placing them in concentration camps.
- For years, Lens Technology has supplied Apple with glass for its iPhones. Lens also works with other tech giants such as Amazon and Tesla.
- Last month Apple, Nike, and Coca-Cola lobbied to erode a bill that would block American companies from importing goods manufactured using Chinese forced labor. The bill passed the House in September and is pending in the Senate.
- While Apple condemned China's treatment of Uighurs, it feared the bill would harm its supply chain.