15 October 2010 | Lindsay Clark
Workers at Foxconn
are unaware of customer-imposed standards established to guarantee their
conditions, according to research.
Foxconn came under global media scrutiny earlier this year following a spate of
suicides at its factories. Foxconn has previously denied any allegations of
A study from Hong
Kong-based Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM),
found Foxconn customers including Apple, Nokia, HP, Dell, Sony, and Motorola have created
codes to ensure decent working conditions at its suppliers.
But a study of 100 workers revealed none were aware of the codes.
The SACOM report said the electronics firms should reform their
purchasing models. “The brands should raise their unit price to ensure that
workers have a living wage”
It also said buyers of Foxconn products should deliver codes of conduct to all
workers and ensure that they can understand their rights.
The SACOM study was based on interviews with workers outside the factory
compounds in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province and Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.
Researchers also took jobs as undercover workers in Foxconn’s production
facilities in Shenzhen and Hangzhou in May and July, SACOM said.