Foxconn makes consumer electronics for a number of well-known companies, including:
Apple Inc. (United States)
Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
Amazon.com (United States) Asus
Cisco (United States)
Hewlett-Packard (United States)
Dell (United States)
Microsoft (United States) MSI
Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)
Vizio (United States)ControversiesAllegations of employee mistreatment
Allegations of employee mistreatment have been made on a number of occasions. News reports highlight the long working hours, discrimination of mainland Chinese workers by their Taiwanese co-workers, and lack of working relationships at the company.
In 2006 the Daily Mail accused it of abusive employment practices. Although Foxconn was found to be compliant in the majority of areas when Apple audited the maker of its iPods and iPhones, the audit did substantiate a few of the allegations.
Main article: Foxconn suicides
Sun Danyong, a 25-year-old male, committed suicide
in July 2009 after reporting the loss of an iPhone 4
prototype in his possession.
In reaction to a spate of worker suicides where fourteen died
in 2010, a report by 20 Chinese universities described Foxconn factories as labour camps
and detailed widespread worker abuse and illegal overtime. In response to the suicides, Foxconn installed suicide-prevention netting at some facilities, and it promised to offer substantially higher wages at its Shenzhen production bases.
 Imprisoned Indian workers
In October 2010 over 300 employees
of an Indian operation in the Special Economic Zone of Chennai were arrested and jailed
by Indian authorities for taking part in a strike.
All but a dozen of the arrested were soon granted bail.
 LCD price fixing
In December 2010 Chimei Innolux, a maker of LCD screens in which Foxconn has 24% ownership, was fined by the EU for price fixing.
 2011 explosion
Main article: 2011 Chengdu Foxconn explosion incident
On 20 May 2011 an explosion
and fire broke
out at one of the factory in Chengdu. The incident affected the IPad 2 assembly line and caused deaths
and injuries to numerous workers.
 Sacred burial ground
About 200 to 300 years ago, an area where the current Shenzhen factory resides was the home of an estimated 4,000 Hakka families. The land at the time was undeveloped. Peiziyuan (皮仔园) and Ghosthead lake (鬼头潭) is situated in the area. Peiziyuan in particular was a burial ground
of more than 1,000 babies
. This area continued to be a burial site well into the 1970s after the one-child policy was promoted. Massive numbers of girls were killed
in favor of boys, and baby corpses were collected at the site.
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