Apple welcomes Fair Labor Association voluntary inspections to its Foxconn assembly lines

Apple has voluntarily requested that the Fair Labor Association conduct special audits of its final assembly suppliers. Apple has moved very quickly following the damning report by the New York Times last month where workers’ rights and safety whilst working on the manufacture and assembly of Apple products was in question. The inspections will start today and will include Foxconn factories in Shenzen and Chengdu; both of which are in China.

“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.”

The Fair Labor Association is a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to ending sweatshop conditions in factories worldwide. It will interview thousands of employees asking them questions about living conditions, health and safety, working hours and even communication with management.

Regardless of whether you believe Apple is being singled out as linkbait by the media, or whether they have responsibility and profile fitting their position, this is good news.

Source: Apple PR, Fair Labor Association; Image: Wikipedia