At the Foxconn manufacturing facility in Wuhan China, where Apple products are made, a spate of suicides and a threatened mass suicide over working conditions have attracted a lot of embarrassing media attention.
Now, a week after working conditions at the Foxconn plant were featured in an sobering episode of the popular public radio show This American Life, Apple has released its 2012 Apple Supplier Responsibility Report. The report indicates that 69% of audited suppliers were in compliance with Apple policies on wage and benefit practices; while only 38% were in compliance with policies on work-hour practices.
In other categories, suppliers fared better:
- Antidiscrimination: 78% in compliance on practices
- Fair treatment: 93%
- Prevention of involuntary labor: 78%
- Prevention of underage labor: 97%
- Juvenile worker protections: 87%
- Freedom of association: 95%
- Introducing at least one or two breakthrough products every year;
- Achieving the ability to sell those products for a price that isn’t too much more than the lower cost competitors that follow it.