Stung by criticism of conditions in the Chinese factories of its manufacturing partner Foxconn, Apple has announced that it has called in the Fair Labor Association to conduct ‘special voluntary audits’ of its product assembly providers. The team began its work on Monday at the Foxconn City plant in Shenzhen. “We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we’ve asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement. “The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope.” Unrest around conditions at Foxconn in particular has dogged Apple in recent years, amid reports of suicides and poor working conditions.

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