The "ethical iPhone" demanded by concerned Apple fans is getting close to a reality. Apple main supplier Foxconn has decided to hire experts to supervise improvements in safety and working conditions for its manufacturing staff.
The Shenzhen based manufacturer is looking to appoint a safety and security officer, a lifestyle services manager and two fire chiefs. Apple joined the Fair Labor Association at the beginning of this year and following media disclosures demanded a thorough investigation at Foxconn facilities.
Last month FLA Chief Executive Officer, Auret van Heerden, reported that his colleagues found numerous problems related to inhumane working conditions but also obvious efforts to address the situation. The company is looking now to ensure a safer working environment after it was revealed that workers died while on the job or left with permanent injuries.
The lifestyle officer will be set the task of improving the conditions in Foxconn's dormitories, canteens, and health departments. Foxconn is the largest electronics manufacturer in the world with over 1.2 million employees from 18 countries. Foxconn delivers components or finished products not only to Apple but also to Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc.