Tim Cook was at a Goldman Sachs conference today with a stirring defense of his company's efforts to curb unsafe and unfair labor conditions, particularly in its supply chain. Cook says that Apple is not just good at keeping its suppliers in line but they are the best.
According to Cook, Apple has been educating workers, ensuring safe conditions, deterring underage labor and he's proud of it:
I would tell you that no one in our industry is doing more to improve working conditions than Apple. We are constantly audition facilities, going deep into the supply chain, looking for problems, finding problems, and fixing problems. And we report everything, because we believe that transparency is so very important in this area.
And since the Cupertino company is always seemingly draconian about these things it's probably true as well.
"We know that people have a very high expectation of Apple," said Cook. "We have an even higher expectation of ourselves."