Apple suppliers under inspection by FLA

Apple asks Fair Labor Association to make independent audit of supply chain

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Apple suppliers under inspection by FLA The FLA audit will include companies such as Foxconn, and aims to cover 90% of Apple's supply chain. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 13, 2012

Apple has announced that is has asked the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to conduct independent audits of its final assembly suppliers in China.

The FLA, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending sweatshop conditions in factories worldwide, will conduct the voluntary audits at Apple suppliers including Foxconn, Quanta and Pegatron, to ensure that the FLA's Workplace Standards are upheld. Apple joined the FLA, which works with multiple stakeholders in the supply chain. last month,

Apple has faced growing calls for boycotts from consumer groups, because of the conditions in some of its supplier factories.

Although the company has been conducting supply chain audits since 2006, the new round of inspections, which has begun today with Foxconn facilities in Shenzhen, aims to bring a new level of accountability to the supply chain.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO said in a company 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. 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 independent process will involve interviews with thousands of workers in supplier facilities, covering areas such as working and living conditions including health and safety, compensation, working hours and communication with management. The process will also include inspections of living and working environments, and an extensive review of documents related to procedures at all stages of employment. The process is intended to cover over 90% of Apple supplier facilities by the time it is completed.

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