Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn is investigating possible instances of bribery within its own workforce in yet another blow to the company’s image.
Foxconn is investigating whether staff received illegal payments from partners in its supply chain, in conjunction with Chinese authorities, according to The New York Times.
It declined to comment further but said it would review its policies and practices to prevent such issues reoccurring.
“We can say that the integrity of our employees is something we take very seriously and any employees found guilty of any illegal actions or violations of our company’s Code of Conduct will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Foxconn said in a statement to the NYT.
Foxconn has of late been working to address its image as a sweatshop, made worse by a spate of worker suicides.
The company pledged to improve working conditions in conjunction with partner Apple last year following the release of a Fair Labor Association (FLA) report, commissioned by Apple, which found staff were working excessive overtime for not enough pay, and in some cases weren’t being compensated for physical harm.
It raised worker salaries by more than 6 percent at its plant in Zhengzhou and halved the probation period for new workers.
In addition to Apple, global technology giants including HP, Dell, Microsoft, Sony, Nokia and Acer all depend on Foxconn’s factories to pump out their latest devices.