From the Apple website: Apple prohibits practices that threaten the rights of workers — even when local laws and customs permit such practices. We’ve taken action toward ending excessive recruitment fees, preventing the hiring of underage workers, and prohibiting discriminatory policies at our suppliers. And as the first technology company to be admitted to the Fair Labor Association, Apple is setting a new standard in transparency and oversight.
Between December 22 and 27, 2014, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) conducted an independent external assessment at Protek Shanghai Ltd, a facility operated by Pegatron Corporation. Pegatron is a supplier to Apple, a Participating Company with the FLA. The assessment was conducted by FLA staff and Openview Services, a local, independent labor monitoring organization accredited by the FLA.
In 2013, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) conducted independent external assessments at two facilities operated by Quanta, a supplier to Apple, a Participating Company with the FLA. The assessments of these two facilities (Tech-Com Computer Co., Ltd., in Shanghai; and the Tech-Full Computer Co., Ltd., in Changshu) were conducted by Openview Service Ltd., a local, independent labor monitoring organization, accredited by the FLA, along with two members of the FLA staff, and were limited to portions of the factory serving Apple’s production lines.
Between October 28 and November 8, 2013, independent labor monitoring organizations engaged by the FLA returned to the three Foxconn facilities in Longhua, Guanlan and Chengdu to verify the implementation status of remedial action items from January through June of 2013. This was the third and final verification of the robust 15-month action plan Apple and Foxconn created in response to the findings from FLA’s full body scan of working conditions and compliance with Chinese labor laws at these Foxconn facilities in the first quarter of 2012.
From January 15 – 23, 2013, FLA assessors revisited three Foxconn facilities in Guanlan, Longhua and Chengdu to verify the implementation status of remedial action items through December 31, 2012. This report describes progress made by Apple and Foxconn to implemented action items agreed to following FLA's original investigation in February 2012. The January verification is FLA's second verification exercise. Read the report, along with detailed information on each of the action items, below.
In February 2012, FLA assessed working conditions and the treatment of workers at three Chinese factories manufacturing Apple products, which are owned and operated by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (Foxconn) in Shenzhen and Chengdu. On March 28, 2012, FLA published detailed reports on each of the three factories along with recommendations for improving conditions for workers, and a complete remediation plan prepared by Apple and Foxconn to address each issue identified during the FLA assessment.