Aug 14

Chinese Foxconn factory conditions to improve

Category: Technology

The Apple’s largest supplier, Foxconn Technology Group made headlines due to more than fifty labor violations in its factories in China.  However, a recent report prepared by the Fair Labor Association commissioned by Apple indicates that it is making changes and improving labor conditions in its factories.  It operates 13 factories in nine Chinese cities which include its largest factory located in Longhua, Shenzhen with estimated 230,000 to 450,000 employees.  Foxconn other factories are located in Asia, South America and Europe.

The world’s largest maker of electronics components, Hon Hai Precision Industry Company Limited, trading under Foxconn in the U.S. is headquartered in Tucheng, New Taipei, Taiwan.  It manufactures products for American, European, and Japanese companies.  Most notable products include iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Play Station 3, and Xbox 360.  In China, it is the largest single private sector employer.

Changes made by Foxconn includes redesign of dangerous equipment, making unemployment insurance benefits available to migrant workers, and reduce overtime to an average of 20 hours per week and trim it down to maximum of nine hours per week by 2013.  One area that is still outstanding is the requirement to complete the same amount of units even with the reduced number of hours.

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