Apple has updated its supplier responsibility pages to reflect that it is now tracking working hours for one million employees in its supply chain. That’s up from a count of 900,000 at its previous update.
Compliance with Apple’s 60-hour work week standard stood at 88% in November, below the peak of 97% reached in July and August. Apple notes, however, that it allows the normal 60-hour standard to be exceeded during period of high demand if workers volunteer for the additional time. That policy seems to have had an impact on overall compliance over the past three months, coinciding with Apple’s major product ramps for the iPhone 5, iPad mini, fourth-generation iPad, updated iPods, and a number of new Mac models.
Apple says, “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.”
With the more than one million supply chain employees being tracked through its system, the company says it has doubled its coverage since early this year when it began its initiative to more openly address worker rights and safety throughout its supply chain.