Earlier this week, Apple announced that the Fair Labor Association would begin to inspect Foxconn, the manufacturer that Apple employs to build its products. It doesn’t seem as though the inspections are going that well.
On Friday the Fair Labor Association’s chief executive officer Auret van Heerden said that his firm has discovered “tons of issues” at Foxconn’s Shenzhen China plant that the company will need to address. “I believe we’re going to see some very significant announcements in the near future,” van Heerden said, according to Bloomberg, but van Heerden did not go into detail on exactly what sort of announcements will be made or what the actual “issues” were.
Apple called on the FLA to inspect its factories after the New York Times published an article in January which highlighted the poor working conditions in several of the factories that the Cupertino-based company employs, including Foxconn. Foxconn has consistently been accused of mistreating employees and an explosion recently rocked one of Foxconn’s factories killing three employees and injuring more.
Apple has said that it has audited Foxconn more than 40 times and has audited every one of its final assembly factories since 2006. Hopefully we’ll hear more in the next few days on what the FLA has already discovered.