February 13, 2012

Fair Labor Association To Conduct Special Foxconn Audits

Peter Cohen, writing for The Loop:

“Apple announced Monday that the Fair Labor Association (FLA) will conduct special audits of Apple’s final assembly suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China.”

Apple is alone among its peers pursuing better conditions for the subcontract workers who assemble their products. For that they should be lauded, and in equal measure to the condemnation they received from the recent The New York Times article.

Their latest act could have two significant consequences. First, better working conditions for workers at those contract factories where the FLA finds them lacking.

Second, and perhaps more directly affecting Apple’s customers, higher product prices as Asian manufacturers pass along increased costs associated with meeting more rigorous working condition standards.

We get what we ask for. Sometimes it’s hard to know the cause from a result when it comes.