Apple has updated its Supplier Responsibility page to notify its customers its suppliers reached 99% work-hour compliance for the month of June, for 60-hour work weeks across all of the employees tracked, which now averages more than 1 million.
Apple has worked hard to address overtime, underage labour hiring practices, dishonest third-party labor agents, training to enable responsible hiring, establishing standards for hiring students and to stop excessive recruitment fees and bonded labour, while continuing to source conflict materials for its products.
Despite Apple’s aggressive tracking of its supplier employees, an earlier report by China Labor Watch claimed Pegatron, a maker of the Cupertino company’s iPhones and iPads had violated its workers’ rights. This same report also confirmed what appears to be the existence of the rumoured low-cost plastic iPhone, in what some reports are calling the ‘iPhone 5C’.
Back in May, Apple similarly released an update which also was at 99% compliance by its suppliers.