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Audit Finds Fault With Chinese Manufacturer

A large Chinese Apple supplier has been audited.

March 30, 2012– One of Apple’s largest suppliers has agreed to make a change in its labor practice following the results of an outside audit. The audit found a number of instances where workweeks averaged over 60 hours. There were also issues involving safety and health at the factories in China.

The Fair Labor Association performed the investigation of Hon Hai Precision Industry known as Foxconn. It is the most recent to document violations in worker’s rights in the supply chain for Apple.

Part of the audit was based on surveys completed by over 35,000 workers who build products such as iPhones and iPods at three different Foxconn plants in Chengdu and Shenzhen. Apple, whose own internal audits have concluded with similar violations, requested the audit.

The labor investigation was one of the most detailed performed on a Chinese manufacturer, by the nonprofit group. It also was the first time an outside audit was performed on the supply chain of Apple. Over 50 code or legal violations were found concluded the report. Both Apple and Foxconn following the audit’s findings agreed to new reforms.

An Apple statement said it completely supported the findings and recommendations. The statement said the company has worked for years on making sure that worker’s rights are upheld. Foxconn also said in a statement that it would work hand in hand with Apple to resolve the issues found in the audit.

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