A french TV show, Envoyé Spécial aired some footage it managed to obtain from inside one of Foxconn’s campuses in Zhengzhou which mostly produces iPhone 5 units. The company rarely lets press in, and so the guys at the TV show had to sneak in with secret camera in tow. Check the videos below:
If the report is to be believed, there are living premises on campus which don’t have safe electricity. Some are only part-built and don’t have access to any water or power at all. It’s a pretty dire situation made worse by the fact that some employees are students being forced to work their against their will. The French show claims that this appalling situation is Foxconn’s response to Apple’s quality and quantity demands for iPhone 5 assembly.
And Apple spokesperson responded to the report with the following statement:
“Apple is committed to the highest standards of social responsibility across our worldwide supply chain. We insist that all of our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever our products are made.”
Apple clearly wants to see conditions improve, but any evidence that conditions were improving have surely been debunked with the footage obtained.
What do you think? Where does responsibility with Apple start and stop? Is it Foxconn’s responsibility to make sure conditions are good for workers, or does Apple need to step in with a firmer hand and perhaps have an on-sight presence to ensure Foxconn’s keeping to its word?