As first reported by Games in Asia and discussed here on mxdwn yesterday, Foxconn is allegedly forcing students, with threats of losing credits, to assemble PS4’s as “unpaid interns.” Sony, in a statement to CVG, issued the following:
The Sony Group established the Sony Supplier Code of Conduct in June 2005 with the expectation of every supplier agreeing and adhering to the policies of the Sony Group in complying with all applicable laws, work ethics, labour conditions, and respect for human rights, environmental conservation and health & safety. We understand Foxconn fully comprehend and comply with this Sony Supplier Code of Conduct.
The document they are referring to can be found here. One of the more relevant passages reads as follows:
The Sony Supplier Code of Conduct establishes standards to ensure that working conditions in the electronics business group supply chain are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that business operations are environmentally responsible and conducted ethically.
The key word here is ethically, which if there is any truth to these reports is in direct violation of Sony’s Supplier Code of Conduct.
Because of Foxconn’s infamous history of poor working conditions at its factories, it’s respectable to accept this claim even upon such credulity. It’s also important to note that both Microsoft and Nintendo have products assembled at Foxconn plants.