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6 September 2012

Chinese students reportedly required to ‘intern’ at Foxconn producing Apple’s next iPhone

Author: Josh Ong, The Next Web

Reports are surfacing…that Apple manufacturer Foxconn [part of Hon Hai] has turned to two-month “internships” from nearby universities to compensate for a labor shortage ahead of the release of the next-generation iPhone. [Newspapers] noted…that...

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1 September 2012

[PDF] The factory floor guide to corporate accountability: Seeking redress for labour rights violations in global supply chains

Author: Oxfam

This booklet is designed for the increasing number of workers around the world who produce goods — directly or indirectly — for global companies. When these workers experience violations of their labour rights they are sometimes able to resolve...

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21 August 2012

Foxconn Trims Working Hours, Boosts Safety After FLA Audits [China]

Author: Stanley James & Tim Culpan, Bloomberg

Foxconn Technology Group [part of Hon Hai]...improved safety conditions at its China factories after inspections by the Fair Labor Association found dozens of violations, the group said...Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook...has pledged not to...

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10 August 2012

[PDF] Report of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises [to UN General Assembly]

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

The present report provides an analysis of strategic developments in the field of business and human rights since the submission of the report to the Human Rights Council and further outlines projects that the Working Group will develop...This report...

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29 June 2012

Assessment of Nestle Cocoa Supply Chain in Ivory Coast

Author: Fair Labor Association

In November 2011, FLA commissioned a team of 20 local and international experts to…map stakeholders in Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain; map Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain in the Ivory Coast; and assess the associated labor risks in Nestlé’s cocoa supply...

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19 June 2012

Textiles industry: How to be the solution, not the problem

Author: Sarah Murray, Financial Times

[L]eading [textile] brands have been working to eradicate child labour, poor conditions and excessive overtime in supplier factories...Some progress has been made...Child labour is now less of an issue in many factories and health and safety standards...

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9 May 2012

Press conference round table 'Fair Electronics'

Author: GoodElectronics, SOMO [Netherlands]

Philips, HP, Sony, other big electronic brands and telecom providers are meeting in Amsterdam this week with labour organisations and CSOs for a round table on working conditions in the electronics sector. Well known participating CSOs are the Fair...

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9 April 2012

How Apple, Foxconn, and others can address labor abuses in overseas factories

Author: Elizabeth Umlas, Christian Science Monitor [USA]

Accounts of labor rights abuses in overseas factories have been emerging since the mid-1990s…Those early exposés led multinational corporations to establish supply chain management systems...So why do we keep seeing these stories...One important...

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29 March 2012

Full and Timely Implementation of FLA Recommendations At Apple’s Largest Supplier Key to Respecting Human Rights of Workers

Author: Human Rights First

Today’s Fair Labor Association (FLA) report details a groundbreaking agreement that – when implemented – will have life-changing consequences for the 1.2 million Chinese employees at Apple’s largest supplier Foxconn, according to Human Rights First, a...

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5 March 2012

Is the Organization Investigating Apple's Factories Good Enough?

Author: Christine Bader, Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke Univ. [USA], and John Morrison, Institute for Human Rights & Business, in Forbes Leadership Forum

...Apple has opened the doors of its troubled Chinese factories to inspection by labor investigators. Now not only Apple but its proposed monitor, the Fair Labor Association, are coming under scrutiny: Observers are challenging whether the FLA, which...

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