Following reports of worker suicides and a plant explosion, Fair Labor Association is conducting a study of the working conditions of Apple’s top eight suppliers in China, including Foxconn Technology Group. During its ongoing audit of Foxconn’s iPad production plant, FLA’s president Auret van Heerden told Reuters (via 9to5Mac) that working conditions at Foxconn’s iPad plant are “far better” than those at the garment factories or other facilities elsewhere in the country.
Detailing from the source:
After his first visits to Foxconn, van Heerden said, “The facilities are first-class; the physical conditions are way, way above average of the norm.”
He spent the past several days visiting Foxconn plants to prepare for the study.
“I was very surprised when I walked onto the floor at Foxconn, how tranquil it is compared with a garment factory,” he said. “So the problems are not the intensity and burnout and pressure-cooker environment you have in a garment factory. . It’s more a function of monotony, of boredom, of alienation perhaps.”
FLA’s head further said that their audit system is very tough as it involves unannounced visits, complete access, public reporting etc. and Apple’s decision to join their system shows how serious they were about “raising their game“.
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