Apple has posted a full list of its suppliers and revealed that in addition to the violations of Apple policy on hours and work weeks, the company has also found health and environmental violations.
One of the findings of the report revealed that "Apple suppliers complied with its code of a maximum of a 60-hour work week only 38 percent percent of the time."
Apple in the past was criticized for worker bad conditions at companies it contracts overseas to supply and manufacture its high-end electronics devices and computers. Worker suicides and fatal fires at plants in China put these conditions in a harsh light.
The 2012 "Supplier Responsibility Progress Report" was based on 229 audits Apple said it conducted in 2011 throughout its supply chain. Last year's report was based on 127 audits conducted in 2010. The report cited six active and 13 historical cases of underage labor at some component suppliers. Apple said, however, that it did not find any underage workers at its final assembly suppliers.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook following the release of the report, sent an iternal email to all Apple employees highlighting report's findings, and also noted the Fair Labor Association will now perform independent audits of Apple's supply chain.
Cook in a recent talk with The Wall Street Journal discussed about tackling supply chain issues, said "Working hours is a complex issue," and Apple plans to start "monitoring these plants at a very, very micro level":
"I have spent a lot of time in factories over my lifetime and we are clearly leading in this area. It is like innovating in products. You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem."
"With every year, we expand our program, we go deeper in our supply chain, we make it harder to comply," Cook told Reuters. "All of this means that workers will be treated better and better with each passing year. It's not something we feel like we have done what we can do, much remains to be done."
Here is Cook's full internal e-mail: