In a report that was published late yesterday it was noted that Apple had been working with supplier Quanta over the past year to improve working conditions after a 2013 audit, published on Friday, uncovered a profusion of violations, including excessive overtime and health hazards. The new report found Quanta guilty of forcing overtime on their workers.
The report provides a snapshot of working conditions at two Chinese factories in August of 2013. Independent labor monitoring organization OpenView Service conducted the assessment of the two facilities in Shanghai and Changshu, with accreditation from the Fair Labor Association, an organization of mostly corporate members, including Apple and Nike Inc.
Apple said in a statement issued in response to the report. That "Excessive overtime is not in anyone's best interest, and we will continue to work closely with Quanta and our other suppliers to prevent it."
Reuters noted that "This year, through the end of July, Quanta has averaged 86 percent compliance with our 60-hour workweek."
Under Apple's CEO Tim Cook and Vice President for Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, Apple has taken steps to improve transparency regarding its environmental and supply chain efforts.
Taiwan's Quanta produces some of Apple's MacBook Pro's and is rumored to being the manufacturer behind Apple's iWatch.