Apple has updated their supplier responsibility page with new information.
Apple and Foxconn have been in the spotlight lately over the treatment of Chinese workers at the Foxconn manufacturing facility. Apple, probably not wanting the bad PR, decided they would step in and clean up over at Foxconn. They ran investigations in hopes of improving and figuring out what those working conditions were like.
John Gruber over at Daring Fireball was the first to notice the update. He grabbed the following bit:
In our effort to end the industry practice of excessive overtime, we’re working closely with our suppliers to manage employee working hours. Weekly data collected in January 2012 on more than 500,000 workers employed by our suppliers showed 84 percent compliance with the 60-hour work week specified in our code. In February 2012, compliance with the 60-hour work week among 500,000 workers at those suppliers increased to 89 percent, with workers averaging 48 hours per week. That’s a substantial improvement over previous results, but we can do better. We will continue to share our progress by reporting this data on a monthly basis.
They’ve managed to pull in about 48-hour week average, and a five percent decrease in those 60+ hour workweeks over the same period last year. As Gruber points out, this is a decrease in work hours over the month when Apple was increasing production for the new iPad.