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

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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23 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

2. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

15. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

23. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

17. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

two wrongs don`t make one right.

4. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

12. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

iRiver.

14. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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!

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

10. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 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.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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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