said, “We’re finding tons of issues. I believe we’re going to see some very significant announcements in the near future.”
What of his earlier comments about "first class" Foxconn facilities? Van Heerden said his comments reflected his previous interactions with Foxconn, and did not reflect any of the ongoing inspection activities at the Hon Hai subdiary's plants.
Van Heerden's original comments were viewed with dismay and incredulity, based on prior reports by the New York Times and numerous other organizations, such as SACOM (Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour).
It's that New York Times report, as well as backlash against both Apple and Foxconn, that led the Cupertino, Calif.-based company to join FLA, as the first tech company to do so. Later, on Feb. 13, the electronics giant stated that it requested that the FLA conduct inspections of the plants owned by three of Apple's largest manufacturing partners.
FLA is expected to release an interim report on Foxconn in early March.