Foxconn’s Longhua factory in in Shenzhen, China (about a one hour MTR subway ride north of Hong Kong) is one location where the Taiwanese company produces iPads and Macs for its customer Apple, one of many known brands it makes devices for. The facility has 140,000 employees within its 3.6 kilometre-square footprint.
Re/code recently was granted a tour of the facility (via golf cart) and shared a glimpse of living conditions and other facilities workers have access to (but not the factory floor).
Overall, the publication says their escorted tour “appeared to paint a picture of workers being treated well,” which seems like it would be the case on a guided trip around the complex, led by a special assistant to CEO Terry Gou (who travelled from Shanghai for Re/code).
Image via Walt Mossberg and Re/code
The tour shared services available to workers such as mental health counselling to deal with the stress of repetitive assembly line factory work (which has led to suicides), while also visited dorms (workers are also free to live off campus), amenities such as lap pools, Internet cafes (which also had ‘privacy cubicles’), fast food restaurants, banks and other shops.
Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo said “Our No. 1 priority is to provide better working conditions and salaries to our workers,” while also saying “Changing perceptions is secondary.” Check out the full article here.
Apple’s latest Supplier Responsibility Report—which monitors 1.1 million supplier workers—from February stated 92% compliance with maximum 60-hour workweeks, part of the iPhone maker’s goal to improve the lives of its supply chain factory workers.