Apple has said it has found no evidence of forced labor at its main Chinese suppliers after the U.S. government blacklisted O-film as part of a continuing crackdown on Chinese technology companies,media reported. O’Fyon is one of 11 Chinese companies blacklisted by the U.S. Commerce Department on Monday. At the same time, activists have launched a campaign accusing companies of benefiting by exploiting minority workers.
But Apple told BBC News on Thursday that it had investigated the allegations against O’Brien and had found no problems. “We found no evidence of forced labor on apple production lines, and we plan to continue monitoring it.”
O’Phason is understood to have been part of Apple’s supply chain since 2017, first with the iPad and then on the iPhone. Ophelia currently offers front-end camera modules and dual camera modules for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 series.
In December 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook praised the technical expertise and work culture at the Orpheus Light Factory during a visit.
According to the Nikkei Asia Review, Apple’s 2019 supplier list shows that three of the four Ophelia light plants that supply Apple are located in Nanchang, where the blacklisted subsidiary is located. However, it is unclear whether the subsidiary operates any of the plants that supply Apple directly.