Foxconn iPhone Factory Under Scrutiny Again

December 15, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There seems to be more trouble brewing at Foxconn’s factories. According to a new investigation, there seems to be quite a few issues still pending despite the recent efforts to improve the working conditions in the factories.

A French TV program Envoyé Spécial came forward with a hidden-camera footage, which captured the conditions at Foxconn’s facility in Zhengzhou, China. This is where Apple’s iPhone is manufactured, and this is also the place where a worker strike took place two months ago.

Presently, the report shows workers living in buildings that are yet to be completed in construction. These workers have to spent their days without electricity or water.

Moreover, employees say that their working in the factory is lined with the risk of losing their educational credentials. Following the report, an Apple spokeswoman came out with a statement, which the company had said earlier this year:

Apple is committed to the highest standards of social responsibility across our worldwide supply chain. We insist that all of our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever our products are made.”

Following a report by The New York Times earlier this year, Apple and Foxconn came under intense scrutiny. At that time, the issues raised were regarding poor labor and safety issues in Apple’s supplier facilities.

The business practices that abstained these manufacturers from making improvements were also questioned. Apple has admitted to finding problems related to working hours and compliance to environmental standards, and had detailed it in their own annual supplier responsibility report.

In January, Apple had become a member of the Fair Labor Association. and the Association had published a report on Foxconn violating orders in wages and overtime. The Chinese manufacturer had at that time promised to look into the issues and rectify the problems within a deadline of July, 2013.

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