14 Jan '12, 6am
Apple admits some of its suppliers continue to overwork and underpay employees
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Apple admitted on Friday some of its suppliers continued to overwork and underpay employees, as it threw open its factory doors to monitors after a spate of suicides at a Chinese plant. After fielding heavy criticism for not policing conditions for the workers who produce its popular iPads, iPhones and other products, Apple divulged its list of suppliers and said it would allow an outside labour rights group to monitor them. Meanwhile an annual internal audit of its supply chain showed that just 38 per cent of the company's suppliers adhered to Apple's own standard of a maximum 60 hour work week and minimum one day off per week. One-third of its suppliers were negligent in managing hazardous substances, and the same portion were below standard in injury prevention practice.