Audit cites Foxconn faults in China factories

Audit sites Foxconn faults in China factories

The Fair Labor Association conducted a month long inspection on the factories being operated by Foxconn in China.

The latter is a major supplier to Apple and other companies.

The investigation was initiated by Apple in response to critics after news of workers deaths that included suicides and injuries within the Chinese factories.

The investigation resulted into uncovering excessive overtime and problems with overtime compensation at factories that produce iPhones and iPads among many devices. They also cited health and safety risks.

The group conducted a survey and found out that 43% of the respondents said that they experienced or have witnessed an accident within the factories.

According to chief executive of the group Auret van Heerden, “The Fair labor Association gave Apple’s largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body. Apple and its supplier Foxconn have agreed to our prescriptions, and we will verify progress and report publicly.”

Foxconn is a Taiwanese company that has about 1.2 million employees in their pay-roll. They also manufacture parts for Dell Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.

The company said that they are committed to bringing factories into full compliance with Chinese legal limits and Fair Labor Assn. standards on working hours by July 2013.

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