Fair Labor Association audits Apple’s factories in China

By on February 14, 2012
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Thousands to be questioned about their job satisfaction.

After much protests by the international community and their own customers, Apple has decided to do more than just let their suppliers take care of bad labor conditions on their own.

Starting yesterday the Fair Labor Association has started conducting audit procedures in Foxconn’s Shenzen factory in China. This will be followed up by Foxconn’s  Chengdu factory, and others thereafter. As part of its independent assessment, the Fair Labor Association team, led by their president president Auret van Heerden, will interview thousands of employees about working and living conditions including health and safety, compensation, working hours and communication with management.

We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we’ve asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope, and we appreciate the FLA agreeing to take the unusual step of identifying the factories in their reports.”

Apple’s suppliers have pledged full cooperation with the Fair Labor Association by offering them unrestricted access to their operations. The Fair Labor Association’s findings and recommendations from the first assessments will be posted in early March on their website.


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