Fair Labor Association Begins Auditing of Foxconn’s Manufacturing Facilities at Apple’s Request

Lately, Apple’s been drawing a lot of flak for factory working conditions even though they are the only company trying their best to improve the factory conditions. Fact: Foxconn does not only manufacture products for Apple.

Last month, Apple released the Supplier Responsibility Progress Report for 2012. In addition, the company also agreed to join the FLA. That decision made Apple the first technology company to join the FLA.

Today, the company has issued a press release announcing that the FLA has begun inspecting Foxconn’s facilities at Apple’s request. This would be in addition to Apple’s own auditing practices. The press release notes that the FLA will conduct interviews of thousands of Foxconn employees in order to assess their working and living conditions. Also, the FLA will have access to Foxconn’s manufacturing areas, dormitories, and other facilities where employees are housed.

Apple today announced that the Fair Labor Association will conduct special voluntary audits of Apple’s final assembly suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China, at Apple’s request. A team of labor rights experts led by FLA president Auret van Heerden began the first inspections Monday morning at the facility in Shenzhen known as Foxconn City.

“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.”

Results of this inspection will be posted on FLA’s site next month, and similar inspection at Apple’s other major manufacturing partners Quanta and Pegatron will occur this spring.

How come Apple’s the only tech company to be criticized of working conditions? Oh wait, it’s the only company that generates page views in the media. Even after all of these actions, Apple still continues to remain evil.

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