Ten attempted suicides (eight successful) in 10 months has Hon Hai (Foxconn) reeling from yet another round of bad press.
Against all odds, the situation has worsened as bloggers have uncovered a video purported to show Foxconn security guards beating an employee. (Is this the Shenzhen citadel, or Abu Ghraib?)
Terry Gou, Hon Hai’s founder and chairman, today insisted to the Wall Street Journal that his company is “not a sweatshop,” and that several measures are being taken to get to the root of the deaths. Among the responses:
Even though all suicides are tragic, the actual suicide rate for Foxconn employees is less than the rate for all 50 states in the U.S.. Keep in mind the company has over 300k employees. Businessinsider wrote a good blog entry on this yesterday.