Apple's Suppliers Set New High in January With 99% Compliance Rate for Working Hour Limits

Early last year, Apple launched a new initiative to more openly share information on worker rights and safety throughout its supply chain with working hours and mandatory overtime being a major focus of the effort. Apple's code of conduct specifies that workers may generally work no more than 60 hours per week, although the company does permit limited exceptions during periods of high demand.

That pattern was observed over the course of 2012, with Apple's efforts to track over one million employees showing peak compliance with the standard at 97% in July and August before dropping in the September-Novemeber timeframe as Apple launched a number of new products including the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Compliance rebounded in December, and Apple today updated its supplier responsibility pages to note that its supply chain achieved record 99% compliance in the month of January.

The number of workers we track has increased from over 500,000 in January 2012 to over 1 million in January 2013. In January 2013, we achieved 99% compliance to the 60-hour workweek across all employees we track.

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The improvement in compliance comes as Apple appears to be reaching supply-demand balance for a number of its latest products, including the iPad mini and iMac.

Reports have indicated that Apple's major assembly partner Foxconn has reduced its hiring due to a higher-than-usual number of employees returning to the company after the recent Chinese New Year break. Some have suggested that changes to working conditions spurred by Apple may be at least partly responsible for increased worker satisfaction and thus higher retention, although in some cases workers seeking to maximize their income have expressed concern over limits on their working hours.

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TimUSCA Avatar
146 months ago
Over 60 hours. Still teens working there. God damn.

So? I worked 40 hours a week in high school because I wanted to make money. There seems to be this ridiculous mentality that because Chinese people work longer hours than Americans do, it means they're being mistreated. Meanwhile, we're in a major financial crisis in part because too many Americans don't want to work and would rather suck at the government's teet. Maybe a little hard work is a good thing.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
146 months ago
Say what you will about Apple, but this is one of the best things that's happened to the computer industry in a long time. I hope other manufacturers decide to copy Apple's mentality on this issue, rather than just copying their products ;)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Krauser Avatar
146 months ago
If only all tech companies could enforce and comply with such regulations. It's a shame that this won't be all over the media like the slew of negative Foxconn stories were.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Popeye206 Avatar
146 months ago
In the article and other articles. Still child labor.

I bet you love Samsung huh? No asian workforce there... Or HP.. or HTC... or... and the list goes on. Do you think the computer you're thrashing on was built in the USA or some other western world? Really?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nagromme Avatar
146 months ago
If only all tech companies could enforce and comply with such regulations. It's a shame that this won't be all over the media like the slew of negative Foxconn stories were.
Yes, I wonder how Apple's competitors are doing? About the following:

* Worker conditions/abuses.

* Publicly reporting those conditions.

* Working to fix them.

* Publicly reporting on how the fixes are going: success or PR vapor?

Anyone but Apple doing well in those areas? Or are they mainly good at sweeping it under the rug (which the media and bloggers will gladly let them do)?

And how about non-tech companies? Clothing and everything else?


So? I worked 40 hours a week in high school because I wanted to make money. There seems to be this ridiculous mentality that because Chinese people work longer hours than Americans do, it means they're being mistreated. Meanwhile, we're in a major financial crisis in part because too many Americans don't want to work and would rather suck at the government's teet. Maybe a little hard work is a good thing.
The abuses that American companies make money from in China are not as simple as "longer hours."

And the financial crisis in America is not as simple as "plenty of jobs but not enough Americans want a job."
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Squilly Avatar
146 months ago
Over 60 hours. Still teens working there. God damn.
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