Apple Launching Foxconn Audit
Apple, in response to weeks of media reports about bad conditions at the factories of its Chinese contractors, has announced the launch of a voluntary, independent audit.
The company said Monday that it has requested that the Fair Labor Association conduct special voluntary audits of the suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China. The audits will include employee interviews as well as extensive facility inspections, and they will cover where over 90 percent of Apple's products are made.
“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,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, 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.”