The Fair Labor Association will conduct special voluntary audits of Apple's final assembly suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China, according to Apple presss release -- a team of labor rights experts on Apple's bhest led by FLA president Auret van Heerden began the first inspections Monday morning at the facility in Shenzhen known as Foxconn City.
"As part of its independent assessment, the FLA will interview thousands of employees about working and living conditions including health and safety, compensation, working hours and communication with management. The FLA's team will inspect manufacturing areas, dormitories and other facilities, and will conduct an extensive review of documents related to procedures at all stages of employment," Apple posted.
Apple's suppliers have pledged full cooperation with the FLA, offering unrestricted access to their operations, notes Apples.
The FLA's findings and recommendations from the first assessments will be posted in early March on its website.
Adding, the company notes, "similar inspections will be conducted at Quanta and Pegatron facilities later this Spring, and when completed, the FLA's assessment will cover facilities where more than 90 percent of Apple products are assembled."
Pegatron Technology, Taiwan based Apple's contract manufacturer is unaware of any forthcoming labor inspections at its Asian plants because its client has not officially tipped them about labor audits, according to CFO Charles Lin, whoc reacted to Apple's FLA annoucement.
Pegatron Corp., a maker of Apple Inc.'s iPhones, said it hasn't been informed of any pending inspections of factory work conditions by labor groups, a day after the U.S. company said checks would start this spring. Pegatron is aware of Apple's corporate social responsibility policies, Charles Lin, chief financial officer of the Taipei-based company, said by telephone today. The client hasn't informed him about any upcoming audits, Lin said.