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Apple and Foxconn working conditions

Challenge

Ensure fair working conditions throughout the supply chain.

Problem

Apple’s major supplier, Foxconn, has been heavily criticised following investigations into the conditions for workers at its factories in 2010/2011. A spate of suicides among workers in the Chinese factories had been reported alongside children being employed, and very long working weeks.

Foxconn employs 1.2 million workers in China to produce products for Apple as well as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and other companies.

Solution

Apple asked the US Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate on its behalf and accepted the report and recommendations in full. Across 200 factories, according to the report, Apple found that suppliers were 97% in compliance with its policies preventing underage working, but only 38% with Apple’s policy of restricting working time to 60 hours a week. FLA secured agreements to reduce hours, protect pay, and improve staff representation.

Benefits

Increased transparency on standards in Apple supply chains
Improved conditions for workers at Foxconn factories, now compliant with Chinese law
Reducing adverse coverage of the business

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