Entries in Working Conditions (2)


Apple CEO Promises Monthly Updates on Working Conditions

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Apple has faced severe criticism over working conditions in its China factories over the past number of months, but it’s taking concrete steps to improve, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference on Tuesday, Cook detailed a number of the changes he’s spearheading, which will include eliminating underage workers, educating workers on skills and safety, improving safety conditions and managing working hours on a “micro level.”

Some of these changes have been under way for a number of months, but Cook said he’s taking an even bigger step in company transparency: Apple will publish monthly updates on its website that will detail its progress.

“In January, we collected weekly data on over a half million workers in our supply chain.  We had 84 percent compliance.  This is significantly improved from the past, but we can do better.  We’re taking the unprecedented step of reporting this monthly on our website, so it’s transparent to everyone what we’re doing,” he said.

While Cook emphasized working conditions, he also tackled such other topics such as Apple’s TV and Cloud strategy.  You can listen to the full keynote HERE.

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Apple to Inspect Working Conditions in China

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- After years of complaints about poor working conditions at its supplier factories in China, Apple has announced an outside organization will be coming in to investigate the plants at the company's request.

In a statement Monday, Apple said the Fair Labor Association (FLA) will be conducting audits of its final assembly suppliers, interviewing employees about working and living conditions, and inspecting manufacturing areas, dormitories and other facilities.

“We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we’ve asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.  “The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope, and we appreciate the FLA agreeing to take the unusual step of identifying the factories in their reports.”

Apple said the first inspections began Monday morning at a factory in Shenzhen.

The first report of the investigation will be released early next month.  Audits are expected to continue through the spring.

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