Thursday February 12, 2015

Apple Still Fighting For Better Working Conditions

Apple has published its ninth annual Supplier Responsibility report today. According to the findings, more improvements need to be made but things are looking better.

Firstly, Apple stipulates a maximum working week of 60 hours, and 2014 saw the number of employees going over this limit fall to eight percent. Unfortunately, with a workforce of 1.1 million, that means that 88,000 people are still working beyond that figure -- the same quantity as in 2013. The company has also pledged to eliminate bonded labor, a form of debt-based slavery, from its suppliers in 2015. Last year, it found that around 4,500 people were working under some form of bonded labor contract, and forced suppliers to repay nearly $4 million to the victims.

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