According to the International Labour Organization about 21 million men, women and children around the world work in conditions of slavery and forced labour today. Documented forced labour practices in the electronics industry include student "intern" workers in China who are forced to work as regular workers for one or two years in order to obtain their educational diplomas, and excessive recruitment fees and deceptive recruitment practices resulting in debt bondage among electronics workers in Malaysia.
"Last year I suffered from hypotension. We worked five weeks in a row, weekends included, nonstop, so we could then exchange these days and get our December holidays. We were also working overtime. People got so burnt out they did not want to stay, simply because they could not stand it anymore. It was physically impossible to continue to work."
—Manuel, electronics worker, interview by CEREAL
On March 30, 2016 Apple released its 10th Supplier Responsibility Progress Report. Two days later, on April 1, the latest UK Higher Education Framework Agreement for Apple products went live. It includes the Electronics Watch Contract Conditions, which means that UK universities affiliated to Electronics Watch can now legally require their contractors to respect domestic and international labour standards in Apple's supplier factories.