Apple head honcho Tim Cook is currently in China, meeting with Chinese officials as part of a political public relations campaign, as Apple is currently in the middle of a dispute about its iPad trademark in the country.
Cook was spotted visiting an Apple Store in the country, and now Apple has confirmed that he was given a personal tour of the Foxconn plant that assembles Apple’s iPads and iPhones, in Zhengzhou, China.
Foxconn has been responsible for several Apple-related production-based controversies in the last year, including several employees that committed suicide, plant related accidents, and, more recently, accusations of employing underaged workers and providing dangerous working conditions, most of which turned out to be fabricated by Mike Daisey.
Amid these controversies, Tim Cook sent a lengthy email to Apple staff, in which he had this to say:
“We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern. Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us. As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values. It’s not who we are.”
Additionally, Apple, on its own accord, became the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association. Apple conducts its own yearly audits of its factories, and now has secondary verification through the FLA.
There’s no word on what other plans Tim Cook has in China, but Carolyn Wu, Apple spokeswoman said of Apple, “China is very important to us and we look forward to even greater investment and growth here.”