Fair Labor Association
Following continued complaints about environmental and human rights abuses, Apple approached the Fair Labor Association to do an independent audit of their manufacturer’s facilities. FLA’s team of 30 will interview 35,000 employees. Bloomberg News reported that FLA Chief Executive Officer Auret van Heerden has already found “tons of issues” that need to be addressed, but a more complete report has yet to be issued.
Attempts at Sustainability
While Apple’s manufacturing partners have been less than transparent, Apple has taken important strides to improve their environmental record in the United States. We recently reported that the company’s Maiden data center is not only the first LEED Platinum facility of its kind, but it is notable that it boasts a massive solar array that will produce 42 million kWh of clean energy each year. A back up fuel cell (likely provided by Bloom Energy) will produce an additional 5MW annually.
Despite Apple’s efforts at transparency and sustainability, its stocks rose by 24% this year while employees in China continue to endure suspect working conditions. Not until the FLA issues their final audit will it be clear whether or not the iPad3 and all other Apple products are tainted… perhaps it behooves our readers to wait until then?