HP is currently investigating claims about poor employment conditions at its packaging partner, Foxteq, based in Sydney.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that HP PCs destined for customers such as the Department of Defence and NSW Fire Brigades were being assembled by staff at the factory in less than ideal conditions.
Former employees allegedly claimed that, despite working at the facility for months, they had no job security, and were only notified the day before shifts by SMS if they had work.
“As with all concerns that are raised about our suppliers, HP is investigating the allegations raised about working conditions at Foxteq’s Rydalmere site,” HP said in a statement.
The company said it was a “recognised leader” in supply chain social and environmental responsibility, and had high standards in place with suppliers to ensure workers were treated “with dignity and respect” — and worked in safe environments.
“We require that our suppliers comply with all relevant laws, HP’s Supplier Code of Conduct, including the Electronics Industry Code of Conduct (EICC), and have appropriate management systems in place,” HP said. “More specifically, we ask that they address legal and code provisions relating to environmental, occupational health and safety, labour and human rights issues.”
Foxteq is the sister company of Foxconn, which has suffered a series of employee suicides at its Shenzhen factories in China, and reports alleging employee mistreatment. The company’s clients include iconic computer giant Apple.