14 Feb '12, 12am

Apple appoints independent group to inspect conditions in notorious Foxconn factories

NEW YORK - Apple said yesterday that an independent group, the Fair Labour Association (FLA), has started inspecting working conditions in the Chinese factories where its iPads and iPhones are assembled. Amid growing criticism over labour and environmental practices - especially in China - Apple, last month, disclosed a list of suppliers for its popular gadgets for the first time. The FLA team began the inspections yesterday morning at Foxconn City in Shenzhen, China, Apple said. The complex employs and houses hundreds of thousands of workers. Foxconn, a unit of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, employs an estimated 1 million to 1.1 million people in China at a series of huge factory campuses. Foxconn assembles iPads and iPhones for Apple, Xbox 360 gaming consoles for Microsoft and other gadgets for companies including HP and Dell. In 2010, there was a rash of suicides ...

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