Apple Supplier Fined for Intentionally Polluting Shanghai River

C. Custer
10:30 am on Feb 22, 2013

China’s official state wire service Xinhua reported late last night that RiTeng Computer Accessory Company, a supplier to Apple, HP, Dell, and Asus, has been fined for “intentionally discharging pollutants and damaging a river in Shanghai.” Environmental authorities say that the company intentionally dumped waste into a drainage system that feeds into a Shanghai river.

RiTeng was also found to be responsible for noise pollution and other environmental infractions, and as a result environmental authorities have shut down some aspects of its production in addition to fining the company.

Readers with a sharp memory may recall the name RiTeng from back in 2011, when an explosion at the company injured 57 workers during a trial production run of Apple’s iPad 2. It’s clear that a few years later, RiTeng hasn’t quite worked out the kinks, and the promise on its website to provide “world-class green [environmentally friendly] products” hasn’t exactly been fulfilled yet.

It’s not clear whether the partial shutdown will affect production of any of the devices RiTeng provides supplies for, but the spill comes at a particularly bad time for the company in terms of PR, as Sina Weibo is currently in the midst of a high-profile clean rivers campaign.

(via Xinhua, image via Engadget)

(And yes, we're serious about ethics and transparency. More information here.)

There are no replies yet. Start the ball rolling by posting a new reply!

Read More