After enduring weeks of criticism over the working conditions at the Chinese factories that make its products, Apple has asked the Fair Labor Association to look into the matter. The FLA will audit the plants where 90% of Apple products are assembled, including the embattled Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu.
After assessing the conditions, the FLA will provide Apple with recommendations. Here’s how the audits will go down, according to Apple:
As part of its independent assessment, the FLA will interview thousands of employees about working and living conditions including health and safety, compensation, working hours and communication with management. The FLA’s team will inspect manufacturing areas, dormitories and other facilities, and will conduct an extensive review of documents related to procedures at all stages of employment.
Apple notes that it has conducted more than 500 audits of its own facilities since 2006, including 40 audits at Foxconn plants. [Apple]