Apple: Fair Labor Association to Inspect Supplier Factories

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Apple ( AAPL ) announced this week the Fair Labor Association (FLA) would conduct voluntary audits of the company's international suppliers at the company's request.

Apple has come under fire from human rights groups and even some members of its rabid fan base in the wake of news reports that noted some of the technology giant's suppliers had broken labor rules. The Cupertino, California -based company's supply chain has been the focus of intense scrutiny over the past few weeks and its response has been swift and uncharacteristically open, as it released previously confidential information about many of its international suppliers.

Apple said Monday the Fair Labor Association would conduct special audits of working conditions at Chinese factories that produce the iPad and iPhone, among other products. Apple also said the organization had already begun to investigate Foxconn, one of its biggest suppliers that famously erected nets after a number of employees reportedly committed suicide at its expansive factories.

"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," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement. "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."

 



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