Monday, February 13th 2012

Apple Announces Independent Factory Inspections

According to the New York Times Apple is going on the offensive to save face in a string of workers rights issues in Chinese factories.

Apple said Monday that an independent labor rights organization had begun auditing working conditions at Chinese factories where Apple products are made. Apple said the group, the Fair Labor Association, started its first inspections Monday at a factory run by Foxconn in Shenzhen, China, known as Foxconn City. Apple said the inspection had been led by a team of labor-rights experts including Auret van Heerden, president of the association. Apple said the group, at Apple’s request, would also conduct audits of other factories where Apple products are assembled, including Foxconn’s factory in Chengdu and others run by Quanta and Pegatron.


Working conditions in Foxconn factories, including safety lapses that led to worker deaths, were the subject of an investigative article last month by The New York Times.

Scrutiny of its suppliers’ factories has increased as Apple has become more successful. In January, the company said it would join the Fair Labor Association, becoming the first technology company to do so, to help improve conditions in its suppliers’ factories. The news was released along with a report that Apple releases roughly every year based on its own inspections of factories. That report documented numerous labor violations, including factories where employees worked longer than 60-hour weekly limits and were not paid proper overtime.

Apple said Monday that its suppliers had pledged to give the Fair Labor Association unrestricted access to their operations during its inspections. Apple said the group would “interview thousands of employees about working and living conditions including health and safety, compensation, working hours and communication with management.” It will also inspect manufacturing areas, worker dormitories and other facilities, the company said.

“We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we’ve asked the F.L.A. to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers,” Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said in a statement. “The inspections now under way are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope, and we appreciate the F.L.A. agreeing to take the unusual step of identifying the factories in their reports.”

When completed, Apple said, the association’s inspections will cover factories where more than 90 percent of Apple’s products are assembled.Source: New York Times
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11 Comments on Apple Announces Independent Factory Inspections

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Apple said the group would “interview thousands of employees about working and living conditions including health and safety, compensation, working hours and communication with management.”
are the staff also tell the inspectors about the beating theyre going to recieve and the balcony they will be 'thrown off' by management after theyve spoken the truth??? Suicides dont just happen you know. they are just a coverup
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#2
Completely Bonkers
This action by Apple is an admission that a large part of the share price of Apple is due to "reputation" and "goodwill" and "corporate shine" not just the underlying economics of manufacturing "design", "build", "sell". Apple's reputation is at risk, so they are prepared to spend $ to maintain their reputation and at least the virtue of plausible deniability by the Apple Board of the work environments of their suppliers. And try to earn some PR credits.

Since we are now prepared to spend $ on "green" and on "environmentally friendly" and "bio" and "fair trade" and we pay our "carbon taxes" directly or indirectly, the Western World and Capital Markets have moved to included "value" behind "visible corporate ethics". Damn, a lot of quotation marks in this post. Apologies for that!
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#3
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
They have to do damage control now. That is all this is nothing more. None of this would have happened if they made there crap in the USA! Oh well enjoy your ipad's and ipod's every one!
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_JP_
This will surely be incredibly efficient. :rolleyes:

by: trickson
They have to do damage control now. That is all this is nothing more. None of this would have happened if they made there crap in the USA! Oh well enjoy your ipad's and ipod's every one!
If they made crap in the USA, youy wouldn't have iPads and IPods. Well, at least not yet. Maybe in 2020, when Apple eventually would have the cash to fund their R&D team to come up with new stuff/tech/patents, because the profit they would gain on their products would be slim, compared to what they make IRL.
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: _JP_
This will surely be incredibly efficient. :rolleyes:


If they made crap in the USA, youy wouldn't have iPads and IPods. Well, at least not yet. Maybe in 2020, when Apple eventually would have the cash to fund their R&D team to come up with new stuff/tech/patents, because the profit they would gain on their products would be slim, compared to what they make IRL.
If they worked in non-union states they could make them in the US. Maybe not $400,000 profit per employee profit but they still would make good money. Union factories is what ran off a good chunk of US industry. I mean you ever wonder why US made cars cost more then imports? Unions. Its why BWM now makes cars in right to work states.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: TheMailMan78
If they worked in non-union states they could make them in the US. Maybe not $400,000 profit per employee profit but they still would make good money.
Will not happen for a long time unless something big happens. They are a company with a purpose to make as much money as possible. Like most other compaines out there.
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_JP_
by: TheMailMan78
If they worked in non-union states they could make them in the US. Maybe not $400,000 profit per employee profit but they still would make good money. Union factories is what ran off a good chunk of US industry. I mean you ever wonder why US made cars cost more then imports? Unions. Its why BWM now makes cars in right to work states.
My point is, the amount they would make per employee wouldn't be enough to let them reach the spot they are now, thus Apple would just be another tech corporation with it's share of followers. Not the giants they are now. And probably their products wouldn't be so advanced, or have shiny sleek designs, etc...
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Frick
Will not happen for a long time unless something big happens. They are a company with a purpose to make as much money as possible. Like most other compaines out there.
Oh I know. But when people in the US go broke they will sell a lot less......just not yet.

I don't hate Apple for it. I would do the same.
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#9
Mussels
Moderprator
its disgusting that this only happens now so that apple dont tarnish their reputation with 'those foul rumours' instead of being done earlier, when the suicides first happened.
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#10
captainskyhawk
by: TheMailMan78
If they worked in non-union states they could make them in the US. Maybe not $400,000 profit per employee profit but they still would make good money. Union factories is what ran off a good chunk of US industry. I mean you ever wonder why US made cars cost more then imports? Unions. Its why BWM now makes cars in right to work states.
You say it was was unions, I say it was the availability of labor at near slave-wages in fascist countries around the globe. Potato, potato.
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#11
erocker
by: _JP_
If they made crap in the USA, youy wouldn't have iPads and IPods.
You mean by actually paying workers and still taking home an insane amount of money? Apple is corporate greed at its worst. I do like their products, it's just a shame I could never support them.
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