Last month, Apple asked the FLA to investigate Foxconn's China factories. Its resulting report found factory executives need to do more to protect workers' rights and improve working conditions.
While not as
shocking as some critics predicted, a new report about working conditions at
Foxconnthe Chinese factory now famous for churning out Apple products, as well
as other electronicspaints a grim picture of exhausting working conditions and
a disregard for workers rights.
The degree to
which the report will improve workers' experiences is unclear, but it succeeds
in shedding light on the often-overlooked conditions that produce affordable
electronics for consumers and businesses in the United States and Western
Europe. While Apple is not the only company that uses Foxconn, its iconic
status has made it a focal point of recent protests.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.