Foxconn admits to hiring under-age interns

  • Foxconn, Apple's main supplier in China, has admitted it hired interns as young as 14 years old.

    The Taiwan-based manufacturer said some students who took part in its summer internship program were below China's minimum legal working age of 16.

    "We recognize that full responsibility for these violations rests with our company and we have apologized to each of the students for our role in this action. Any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations will have their employment immediately terminated,” the firm said in a statement.

    The company added that the interns were employed at its factory in China’s eastern Yantai city.

    Foxconn has ordered an investigation after Chinese media reports and a U.S.-based campaign group China Labor Watch claimed it was hiring under-age interns.

    The company has come under fire in the past over poor working conditions for its workers.