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Labour rights experts audit Apple factories

imageApple Monday announced their request for the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to conduct voluntary audits of their final assembly suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China.

Apple’s iPad 2 (image: Apple)

Labour rights experts, led by FLA president Auret van Heerden, began their first inspections on Monday at Foxconn City facility in Shenzhen.

‘We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we have asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers,’ said Tim Cook, Apple CEO.

‘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.’

Interviewing thousands of employees, the FLA will enquire about the working and living conditions, working hours and communication with management.

Manufacturing areas, dormitories and other facilities will be inspected, and review employment stages documents and its related procedures. Apple’s suppliers have pledged cooperation with the FLA, offering unrestricted access.

Results from the FLA’s first assessment will finalised by early March and posted online at www.fairlabor.org. Similar inspections will be conducted at Quanta and Pegatron facilities later, covering facilities assembling more than 90% of Apple products.

Apple audited every final assembly factory in its supply chain each year since 2006, including 40 audits of Foxconn manufacturing.

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