Apple Inspects Their Biggest Manufacturer, Foxconn

Life inside Foxconn’s various factories hasn’t been regarded as an ideal workplace in the past years, nor recently. It’s been questioned as to whether or not working conditions are suitable or if workers are treated possibly, and as a decisive act, Apple has stepped in themselves by ordering a investigation of Foxconn’s factories.

Last month, Apple went into agreement with the FLA, the Fair Labor Association, for the latter to oversee conditions at Foxconn’s factories and to make sure that workers were being treated correctly by ensuring compliance with worker’s right standards set in stone by Apple and the FLA together.

Today, Apple issued a press release stating that the Fair Labor Association has begun to inspect conditions at Foxconn’s factories as per Apple’s request.

Apple’s CEO had sent out an email to all Apple employees at the beginning of the year officially stating that he would make assure that action was taken regarding the safety of Foxconn’s workers. Apple joined the FLA after additional suicide attempts were discovered. Tim Cook issued a statement in today’s press release:

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

As part of the inspection, the Fair Labor Association is planning to interview thousands of factory workers with the subjects involving working conditions, housing, compensation, hours and other things of the like. They will also closely inspect dormitories and such to ensure that conditions aren’t what they’ve been rumored to be in the past.

The first of the many to come inspections was done today by the FLA’s President Auret Van Heerden at Foxconn City in Shenzhen, China. The results of these inspections will undoubtedly take months to be publicly released – right now it’s just time for speculation.

Despite constant suicide attempts and rumored bad working conditions, we still saw people lining up to become part of Foxconn’s team of thousands of workers. Also, what would Apple do if they did discover that their biggest manufacturer of their treasured products was mistreating their employees? Let us know what you think below in the comments section; we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any matters that arise in the near future.