A new report from a French TV news group has investigated Foxconn using hidden cameras and found that the company responsible for making iPhones is still up to their old tricks.
Foxconn was lambasted throughout the year for poor working conditions, including threatening to take away educational credentials from workers if they didn’t put in overtime.
Despite companies like Apple and Nintendo both coming down hard on Foxconn for their poor working conditions and claiming that investigations would take place to right the wrongs of employee mistreatment, CNET is reporting that an undercover investigation from a French group aired the dirty dealings of Foxconn and the continued mistreatment of employees on the program Envoyé Spécial.
Some of the poor things they found at the Foxconn plant were unfinished worker quarters where employees sleep and live when they aren’t working on the plant floor. Some of these quarters lacked water and electricity.
When CNET contacted Apple for a response, they issued the following boilerplate paste-and-copy statement…
Apple is committed to the highest standards of social responsibility across our worldwide supply chain. We insist that all of our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever our products are made.
Foxconn has up until next year to get their worker treatment in order, but it doesn’t seem like they care much to do so.