Apple has released its “2013 Apple Supplier Responsibility Progress Report” (, disclosing the results of its audit program for 2012. As noted by “MacRumors” ( the company noted that it had fired one of its suppliers after finding evidence of 74 underage workers at one facility.

“In January 2012, for example, we audited a supplier, Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics Co., Ltd. (PZ) that produces a standard circuit board component used by many other companies in many industries,” says Apple. “Our auditors were dismayed to discover 74 cases of workers under age 16 — a core violation of our Code of Conduct. As a result, we terminated our business relationship with PZ.”