Foxconn management under investigation for bribery

Electronics supplier Foxconn has been thrown into yet more controversy after admitting it is under investigation from the Chinese authorities over allegations of bribery.

The firm, frequently in the news regarding poor working conditions at its production factories, has been forced to respond to claims by Taiwan’s Next Magazine, which said a Foxconn manager had been detained for accepting bribes from other suppliers.

"We are working with law enforcement officials who we brought in to work with our own internal audit team as part of an investigation into allegations against a number of Foxconn employees related to illegal payments from supply chain partners," read a company statement.

"We are also carrying out a full review of our policies and practices to identify steps we can take to strengthen such measures to further mitigate against such actions," the firm said. Foxconn has said it cannot comment further as the investigation is ongoing.

The Taiwanese manufacturer would have been hoping for a scandal-free 2013 given its checkered record of late; the same no doubt going for its high profile partners, which include Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Amazon, Panasonic and Sony.

In June 2012, a watchdog investigation reported limited freedoms, inhumane treatment and unsafe working conditions at Foxconn plants in Zhengzhou and Shenzen, China.In September meanwhile, a mass brawl involving around 2,000 workers halted production at its Taiyun facility, as 40 people were taken to hospital through injury.

The following month, the company admitted to hiring Chinese interns as young as 14 years old, despite the legal working age being 16.