Foxconn Admits Employing 14-Year-Old Interns

Kathrin Hille and Sarah Mishkin, reporting for The Financial Times:

“Our investigation has shown that the interns in question, who ranged in age from 14 to 16, had worked in that campus for approximately three weeks,” the company said. “This is not only a violation of China’s labour law, it is also a violation of Foxconn policy, and immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions.”

Foxconn pledged to conduct a full investigation and fire any employee found to have been responsible for the violations. The company also said the Yantai facility “has no association with any work we carry out on behalf of Apple”.

Foxconn needs to get its act together.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012