A nonprofit that looks into the treatment of foreign workers by U.S. companies published a report Tuesday detailing long working hours, low pay, insufficient food and few freedoms for workers at the KYE Systems Corp. factory in Dongguan, China.
In a blog post, Microsoft's vice president of manufacturing and operations, Brian Tobey, said that a team of independent auditors was headed to the KYE factory. The software maker says it already does annual inspections at KYE. The KYE factory makes Microsoft-brand Webcams, computer mice and Xbox controllers.
"Despite these earlier findings, we take the allegations raised this week quite seriously," Tobey said. He added that Microsoft plans to conduct another comprehensive on-site audit of the facility next week to investigate the allegations raised in the NLC report. "In addition, we will have monitors on site pending the results of the inspection. We will take all appropriate steps to ensure the fair treatment of the KYE workers."