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Apple factories to face independent inspections

The working conditions in factories which produce Apple products are to be inspected, the computing giant has announced.


The Fair Labor Association (FLA) will audit several suppliers, including Foxconn in China, at Apple's request.

Safety at the factories has come under scrutiny after a series of fatal accidents and suicides in recent years.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said: "Workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment."

He added: "Which is why we've asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers.

"The inspections now under way are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope, and we appreciate the FLA agreeing to take the unusual step of identifying the factories in their reports."

The FLA's president Auret van Heerden will lead the investigations which will see employees interviewed at Foxconn's large factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu.

Apple said results of the first assessments will be published in early March.

Further inspections will take place at factories run by Quanta and Pegatron later this year. In total, the audit will cover suppliers responsible for 90% of Apple products.

Read more here: bbc.co.uk
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