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Monday, February 13, 2012

Apple First Tech Company to Join Fair Labor Association...Almost all US electronics are made in Chinese Factories including Foxconn

Apple: Fair Labor Association To Audit Foxconn, Other Suppliers

Responding to recent concerns about the labor practices at its suppliers, Apple this morning said the non-profit Fair Labor Association will conduct “special voluntary audits” of the company’s final assembly providers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu. The audits are at Apple’s request.

Apple said a team of labor rights experts including Fair Labor Association President Auret van Heerden began the inspections this morning at Foxonn’s facility in Shenzhen.

“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,”Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “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 said the FLA “will interview thousands of employees about working and living conditions including health and safety, compensation, working hours and communication with management.” FLA will “inspect manufacturing areas, dormitories and other facilities, and will conduct an extensive review of documents related to procedures at all stages of employment.”

Apple said its supplier “have pledged full cooperation with the FLA, offering unrestricted access to their operations.” The group will post their findings on its website in early March. Apple said that similar inspectations will take place at Quanta and Pegatron facilities this spring.

From Forbes (click here).

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