Fair Labor Association Secures Commitment to Limit Workers

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Fair Labor Association Secures Commitment  to Limit Workers' Hours, Protect Pay at  Apple's Largest Supplier Thursday, March 29, 2012 Independent Investigation Uncovers Significant Issues; 35,500 Anonymous Surveys Give Voice to Worker Concerns FLA to Monitor, Publish Progress Reports on Apple and Foxconn Implementation  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a thorough, independent investigation found significant issues with working conditions  at three factories in China operated by Apple’s major supplier Foxconn, the Fair Labor Association secured  groundbreaking commitments that will reduce working hours to legal limits while protecting pay, improve health and  safety conditions, establish a genuine voice for workers, and will monitor on an ongoing basis to verify compliance. The nearly month-long investigation found excessive overtime and problems with overtime compensation; several health and safety risks; and crucial communication gaps that have led to a widespread sense of unsafe working conditions among  workers. “The Fair Labor Association gave Apple’s largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body scan through 3,000 staff hours  investigating three of its factories and surveying more than 35,000 workers. Apple and its supplier Foxconn have agreed  to our prescriptions, and we will verify progress and report publicly,” said Auret van Heerden, President and CEO of the Fair Labor Association, a coalition of universities, non-profit organizations and businesses committed to improving the  health, safety, fair treatment and respect of workers worldwide. FLA’s investigation found that within the last 12 months, all three factories exceeded both the FLA Code standard of 60  hours per week (regular plus overtime) and the Chinese legal limits of 40 hours per week and 36 hours maximum  overtime per month. During peak production periods, the average number of hours worked per week exceeded 60 hours  per worker. There were periods in which some employees worked more than seven days in a row without the required  24 hours off. Full worker survey data is available at  www.fairlabor.org/affiliate/apple
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