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Apple, Foxconn, Promise Improvements for Workers

The Fair Labor Association said a nearly month-long investigation of three factories operated by Apple’s major Chinese supplier “revealed serious and pressing noncompliances” with FLA standards as well as Chinese labor law. The findings called for a detailed set of remedial measures to protect employee health and safety, reduce worker hours to legal limits while protecting worker pay, and establish “genuine avenues” for workers to provide input on company decisions.

Apple Inspections in China Follow Widespread Criticism, Publicity

Apple Inc.’s announcement Feb. 13 that it has asked the Fair Labor Association to conduct “special voluntary audits” of working conditions at the plants of Chinese suppliers follows a growing wave of unaccustomed adverse publicity toward the consumer electronics giant.

Apple Asks Fair Labor Association For Foxconn Audits

Apple Inc., facing criticism over working conditions at Chinese plants of its major assembly suppliers, particularly Foxconn, said the Fair Labor Association will conduct “special voluntary audits” at Apple’s request. “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,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

By the Numbers: Life and Death at Foxconn

Recent media reports have put the spotlight on abusive working conditions at Foxconn, the Taiwanese company whose massive Chinese factories manufacture some of the world’s most popular consumer electronics. As well as working with companies like Dell, Motorola, Nokia and Hewlett-Packard, Foxconn assembles popular Apple products like the iPhone and iPad.

Apple Expands Supplier Responsibility Program

Apple Inc.’s latest Supplier Responsibility report shows a 25% increase in audits of supplier facilities during 2010 to establish compliance with the company’s standards for hiring, training and worker safety. The company said a report by an independent team of suicide prevention experts about suicides last year at a supplier plant in Taiwan found the supplier’s response “had definitely saved lives.”