Latest Fair Labor Association Stories

Reports of Forced Student Workers Precede iPhone 5 Release
2012-09-11 12:48:11

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Normally, the days leading up to an iPhone event are filled with conjecture, rumors and wild speculation. And while there has been no shortage of these stories this year, another story has, yet again, brought to the public´s attention the labor practices of the factories where these iPhones are assembled. Apple supplier Foxconn China has previously admitted to employing interns in their assembly plants but have always...

Foxconn Makes Improvements, Still Needs To Make Changes
2012-08-22 15:00:15

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Foxconn, the assembly plant for Apple and many other electronics companies, is making headlines once again as the Fair Labor Association has issued a report about the plant's performance. According to Reuters, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) says Foxconn has, in fact, improved their working conditions in their Chinese plants, but the advocacy group would still like to see some more cuts in overtime hours. Foxconn has long...

2012-03-30 06:45:24

A monthlong investigation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) into factories operated by Foxconn in China found poor working conditions and worker abuse, leading Foxconn to pledge it will make improvements, writes Agam Shah for Computer World. The reports from FLA revealed compensation issues, health and safety risks, and issues that have led to a “sense of unsafe working conditions among workers,” the organization said in a statement. After a string of suicide attempts at...

2012-03-29 12:18:10

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook visited Foxconn Technology's manufacturing plant for the iPhone earlier this week, amidst controversy over working conditions at the facility. Cook first made an appearance at the Xidan Joy City retail store in Beijing, and met with Chinese government officials. Now, reports say that he is visiting the iPhone production plant, which employs 120,000 people. Apple contracts Foxconn to make its iPhones and iPads, but its factories have come under intense...

Apple's Foxconn Factory 'Better Than Norm'
2012-02-20 12:16:41

According to the Fair Labor Association (FLA), the controversial Foxconn factory in China has better working conditions than other facilities in the country. The FLA studied Apple's top eight suppliers in China after media reports of worker suicides, a plant explosion, and slave-like conditions were exposed at Foxconn Technology Group. Auret van Heerden, president of the FLA, said that boredom and alienation could have contributed to the stress that led some workers to commit suicide....

Apple Hires Independent Group To Audit Factories
2012-02-14 05:49:17

Apple Inc. announced on Monday that a non-profit labor group has begun an "unprecedented" audit of working conditions at some of its suppliers in China, including Foxconn, which has come under fire for poor working conditions and a rash of suicides in recent years. "The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope," said Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook in a statement released on Monday. Labor advocates have long complained about problems...

2012-01-28 08:37:04

In the wake of criticism over working conditions at the Chinese supply factories, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook sent an email to the company's approximately 60,000 employees Friday, stating that the iPad and iPhone manufacturer "cares about every worker in its supply chain" and that they are "attacking problems" in those facilities. “Every year we inspect more factories, raising the bar for our partners and going deeper into the supply chain," Cook wrote, according to the blog...

2009-04-23 07:00:00

- Program Designed to Enhance Compliance Awareness - BUFFALO, N.Y., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Mainland Headwear Holdings Limited and New Era Cap Company, Inc. have jointly organized a two-day symposium in Shenzhen, "Benefits of Supply Chain Partnerships," focused on achieving greater impact and sustainability in supply chain labor compliance through strong partnerships. The April 23-24 symposium brings together more than 40 participants, including representatives of the Fair Labor...

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