2/13/2012 3:00:29 PM
Apple launches labour inspections of Foxconn sites
Labour rights experts have begun inspecting manufacturing sites of Apple products, including the Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China.
The inspections are at Apple's behest and follow allegations of poor working conditions at some Foxconn factories. The inspections, led by Fair Labour Association (FLA) president Auret van Heerden, began today (13 February). Thousands of employees will be interviewed about health and safety, compensaion, working hours and communication with management. By the time the inspections are completed in late spring the team will have assessed facilities where more than 90% of Apple products are assembled.
Apple CEO Tim Cook [pictured] said: '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. 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.'