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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Apple making progress on work hours, but 'can do better'

Company says number of employees in supplier factories who work "excessive" hours is dropping.

A worker at an Apple facility in Chengdu, China.
A worker at an Apple facility in Chengdu, China. (Credit: Apple)
Apple says it's making progress on working conditions in supplier facilities.
The company recently issued its monthly report on "excessive work hours" in supplier factoriesaround the world, saying that 89 percent of workers were in compliance with a 60-hour work week. In January, 84 percent of the employed workers were found to be in compliance.
According to Apple, the typical factory worker was on the job for 48 hours each week in February.
"That's a substantial improvement over previous results, but we can do better," the company wrote on its Supplier Responsibility page. "We will continue to share our progress by reporting this data on a monthly basis."

Apple has been under fire as of late over working conditions in supplier factories overseas. The company responded to the outcry by bringing in Fair Labor Association inspectors to investigate how workers are treated in Foxconn plants. After that investigation is completed, the independent inspectors will be moving on to other Apple supplier sites. 

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