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

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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 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.

    Article Link: Apple's Suppliers Set New High in January With 99% Compliance Rate for Working Hour Limits
  2. macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2009
    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.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2002
    Or there is such low demand for iPhones that they don't need them to work over 60 hours...
  4. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2011
    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 ;)
  5. macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    Over 60 hours. Still teens working there. God damn.
  6. macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2011
  7. macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    In the article and other articles. Still child labor.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    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.
  9. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    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?

    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."
  10. macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2010
    Sounds like bad news for apple

    Demand for their products must be really down if their suppliers are able to meet Apple's work week goals by 99%.
  11. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    I miss the days when unions were set up by workers, not overseas clients of the company.
  12. macrumors 68030


    Sep 6, 2007
    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?
  13. Amory, Mar 6, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2009
    Sacramento, CA
  14. macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Apple is more proactive than most companies, but remember that these investigations are of the big assembly plants like Foxcon.

    We don't know about what is happening down the street at the circuit board company, the wire plant, the coating plant or all the way out at the mines where raw material come from. What is happening there with the work force and with toxins?

    Much harder to check out and likely terrible compared to a nice clean assembly plant that everyone is looking at all the time.
  15. macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    Not my point...
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2012
    lol? Your capitalist propaganda is ridiculous. This is an over-capacity crisis. The same stuff that the overproduction crisis only that the system doesn't need to over produce and will enter in a crisis even before.
    But I like to frequent forum like this just to read how the capitalist propaganda can talk indefinitely about people that don't want to create surplus value (ops, sorry! that "don't want to work"), China people that just want to make some money by working 60 hours in a week, ecc.



    Why are you saying that? Chinese people just want to make some money. Don't you see how beautiful it is to work 60 hours in a week and live your dream of prosperity?
    How can't you see this?
  17. macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2006
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan
    You still talk like that?
  19. macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2008
    Good to know idiots own Apple computers too... :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    Los Angeles
  21. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Go to Apple's website. The link to their "Supplier Responsibility" report is actually at bottom of the front page. Then read it. Apple does audits everywhere. Many companies saying that this is the first time they have ever been audited. Apple cancels contracts when companies are intentionally in violation of Apple's guidelines; has happened at least on two occasions.

    So yes, Apple knows what is happening at the circuit board company, the wire plant and the coating plant. They might not know what happens at the chemical plant that makes fertilizer for the farm that grows wheat and rye for the bakery that bakes bread for the canteen that feeds the workers at the circuit board company.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2004
    Actually there are plenty who don't want to work. Look at the data. Too many think they're too good for a job that's "beneath them." We have entire sectors dominated by migrant labor because Americans do not want to do that work any more. So, yeah, when making a comment like above you may want to check the mirror.

    There was certainly a point, and still is in some locations, where jobs are not plentiful and even now jobs that are to be had are not full time family-sustaining ones. This so-called "recovery" has underperformed fantastically compared to any in our history, including those caused by worse circumstances.

    In spite of failing and flailing cities and greater we see the same leadership returned. There's idiots at the ballot box too.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2012
    Yep. This is a capitalist crisis. What a surprise uh? :eek:

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