Summary Box: Apple blasted for alleged pollution

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THE ALLEGATIONS: Chinese environmental activists are alleging that manufacturers of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and other products are polluting the environment.

THE DETAILS: The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs in Beijing says Apple is spreading pollution through its supply chain. Its report names seven facilities owned by five separate suppliers for specific problems, mainly with disposal of hazardous materials such as copper, nickel and cyanide.

THE RESPONSE: Apple says it requires suppliers to provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect and use manufacturing processes that are environmentally responsible. Apple says it found discrepancies in the group’s report.