After outcry and petitions from fans, Apple has finally announced that the Fair Labor Association will begin auditing the Chinese manufacturer Foxconn. For those who don't know, Foxconn is a multinational electronics manufacturing company with over 920,000+ employees. The first audit of Foxconn took place early Monday, which included the Fair Labor Association's president, Auret van Heerden and other variety of experts skilled in workplace audits.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook made the announcement earlier today:
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.
As part of the work conditions audit, Fair Labor Association experts took interviews of factory workers on topics that pertain to the quality of the work place. Topics that came under discussion were factory's safety, workers' health, hours worked, salaries and the quality of management. The FLA will also inspect the workers' living dorms and manufacturing plants.
This inspection took place after last month's announcement that Apple has joined the Fair Labor Association, making it the first technology-based company to do so. This would definitely lay the groundwork for other companies to join in auditing their partner factories to ensure that they provide workers with adequate, fair, and comfortable employment.
The Fair Labor Association is a non-profit company established in 1999. It has worked to end sweatshops for over a decade, helping improve working conditions, pair and other elements necessary for fair labor. [via AppleInsider]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback