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Pegatron caught off-guard by news that the Fair Labor Association is auditing Apple's suppliers

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Pegatron caught off-guard by news that the Fair Labor Association is auditing Apple's suppliers
Apple's supplier Pegatron, which assembles iPad and iPhones like Foxconn, has reportedly not been notified that the Fair Labor Association started inspecting dorms and manufacturing facilities yesterday, and interviewing employees about working conditions.

Charles Lin, Pegatron's CFO, commented in a phone interview that his company is fully aware and compliant with Apple's Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, but the client didn't notify them of any pending audits, like those currently ongoing at Foxconn City, for instance.

Rumor has it that Pegtaron has been forced by Apple to quit the assembly of the Asus Zenbooks ultrabook devices, since they are too similar to Apple's own MacBook Air, and Pegatron allegedly complied, transferring production elsewhere. This is the kind of power Apple wields over its suppliers, so if it is really serious about improving working conditions, and the FLA finds discrepancies in that respect, it will probably be able to work it out with Foxconn and Pegatron.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 14 Feb 2012, 06:57

1. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it did work it out already. apple has approved of this the entire time. why is that so hard to understand?

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 08:10 2

2. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


If Apple has the power to force this company to shift another product line then they have the power to improve the conditions in each and every factory.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 08:44 3

3. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they always have. why havent they? because they obviously dont care about working conditions. none of this info is new to apple, they are aware of what is happening at their suppliers.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 11:39 1

8. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


is the past let it go.. remix... change is coming.. be happy quit the hating

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 11:46 3

9. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the past? is it over? are all the atrocities and horrible working conditions done?

oh, they are not. its not the past galllto. it is the present and the forseeable future. forgive me if im a little hesitant to think that things will actually change.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 16:05 1

13. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the world will never be perfect.. you think this is the only issue regarding exploitation of workers.. if you really want to do something start in the States.. here there are of jobs... that mistreat their employees.. I can give address so you can start super remix...since you seem to care so much... also South Africa and most of South America need your help...

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 17:21

15. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I wonder how you would act if this was Android in the news gallito...

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 18:06

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Walmart does it too.. and I still shop at Walmart..heck I even price match

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 18:12

19. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Walmart does what? work slaves to death on an assembly line? got proof? walmart is a reseller. they dont really make anything

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 18:47

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


not giving you the answer when your Android device has google.. google it.. ( btw) u never responded to my emaill.. punk

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 18:03

16. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


better to take even a minor stand and be able to look myself in the mirror for the products I buy, instead of being an apathetic chicken head that knowingly contributes to the problem. what if that was one of your kids in that factory? would u still be so apathetic I wonder? or is it just easy to keep your head in the sand because its not in front of you.
I will gladly pay for your air fair if you can work on the assembly line in chenzen for an entire month.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 18:13

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


if you want to eliminate something,.... go to the bottom of the problem don't do band aid solutions... don't take a stand you just because you can.. FoxxConn does that to employees because their laws/government allows them.. so please take the I care argument somewhere else... I can say I care just to get sympathy but when I do know my sympathy doesn't pay their rent or feed their kids

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 18:37 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your logic is flawed as always. the only way to change is to cut off the money supply. you go petition the Chinese government and ill cut off apples money supply until they treat humans ethically. we will see who gets better results.
chicken head

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 14:29

23. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


And again, remix actually makes sense, where as gallito is just saying the same old thing. Apple can EASILY change the conditions of their factories. Hell, they moved an entire line of someone elses products out of their warehouse, if they wanted to they could change the conditions. But they don't. And sure, you can blame the government for letting it happen, but you must also blame Apple for doing it. Your love for apple has bred something very wrong inside of you. You are blind to what they are doing, and you refuse to face the facts, even when people's lives are at stake.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 18:05 1

17. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


two wrongs don`t make one right.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 08:54 1

4. PAPINYC (Posts: 2313; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


"This is the kind of power Apple wields over its suppliers, so if it is really serious about improving working conditions, and the FLA finds discrepancies in that respect, it will probably be able to work it out with Foxconn and Pegatron."

In other words, the Fair Labor Association will be iBribed by Apple and when more employees commit iSuiCiDe their bodies will be quietly iDumped in the Zhu Jiang river.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 13:21

12. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


iRiver.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 16:18

14. JC557 (Posts: 1136; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


hehe, there's actually a company that's called iRiver.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 10:08 1

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5858; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It will be interesting to watch this audit process unfold. There will inevitably be violations found. Then there will be a big PR event where the partners say they will remedy the violations. The question is what kind of follow-up mechanism will be put in place?

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 10:55 2

6. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the bigger question to me is what exactly is thought of as a "violation". i highly doubt that they will be using american standards. will they be using chinese standards or foxconn standards. will they be allowed in every part of the factory and able to ask any worker at random, or will they be led through a tour on rails and be fed info by hand picked workers? i want details!

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 11:38

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5858; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I imagine PRC labor law will be used. Unknown is how 'unfettered' worker access is. Will there be a company minder at each interview? That will be where the fireworks occur.

Time to stock up on popcorn. This has only just begun.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 12:05

10. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


They're not going to see the real Foxcon they're going to be going to the same place Foxcon takes the media people to. The factory that looks nice and where people are
"happy". Then there is the real one where people are basic slave labor and try to jump off their "dorm" only to be caught by a net.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 12:53 1

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5858; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


This article is about another Apple 'partner' - Pegatron. Foxconn is still to come. They are probably going to be interviewed last so that the trouble-makers can be weeded out and the nets taken down. Stalag 17 as it were.

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