Apple Now Monitoring Hours of 1 Million Supply Chain Workers

Apple is now tracking the working hours for a million employees in its supply chain, the updated supplier responsibility page shows (Via MacRumors). This number is up from 900,000, highlighted at its previous update.

As we previously reported, Apple placed addressing excessive overtime reported in its supply chain as its top priority, so it created the supplier responsibility page and asked its suppliers to comply with their code of conduct. Although Apple’s effort has had some positive results, in some instances Foxconn seems to have forgotten to comply with it.

Now, as a visible result of Apple’s effort to address excessive overtime, here is the chart that shows Apple’s work to implement the verification of working-hours practices and systems.

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“Going deep into our supply chain, we now follow weekly supplier data for over 1,000,000 workers. In November 88 percent of workweeks were less than the 60-hour maximum specified in Apple’s code of conduct. In limited peak periods, we allow work beyond the 60 hour limit for those employees that volunteer to do so,” the updated Apple page informs.

This is just one of Apple’s efforts to fight for transparency in its supply chain: it has also partnered with the Fair Labor Association to provide third-party monitoring of conditions.