Apple has sent out a press release announcing that today the Fair Labor Association will be conducting special voluntary audits of Apple’s final assembly suppliers including Foxconn’s factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu. There will be a team of labor rights experts led by FLA president Auret van Heerden starting today at the facility in Shenzhen called Foxconn City.
?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,? stated Apple CEO Tim Cook. ?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.?
The FLA will interview thousands of employees about their working and living conditions including health, safety, compensation, working hours, etc. The FLA team will inspect the areas of manufacturing, dorms, and other facilities.