Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, is currently under internal investigation for hiring interns under the legal working age of 16 in their Chinese factories. The investigations come after the manufacturer admitting to hiring interns as young as 14 to work in their plants. This is not only a violation of Chinese labor policy, but – in a statement Foxconn provided Reuters – “…it is also a violation of Foxconn policy…immediate steps have been taken to return the interns in question to their educational institutions.” Foxconn has been contracted for work on everything from Apple’s iPhone and iPad lines to Nintendo’s Wii U, among most other major game consoles.
Nintendo has already released a statement on the allegations, claiming that “In order to ensure the continued fulfillment of our social responsibility throughout our supply chain, we established the Nintendo CSR Procurement Guidelines in July 2008. We require that all production partners, including Foxconn, comply with these Guidelines, which are based on relevant laws, international standards and guidelines.”
Report filed by Rakan Stanbouly