Last year, Apple launched its Labor and Human Rights page to give some transparency to the human rights controversy’s it’s been having with supply chain workers. Along with numerous explanations on what Apple is doing to make sure its supply chain workers are treated fairly, the company releases the percentage of supplier work-hour compliance every month.
For the first time since Apple started tracking its supplier work-hour compliance metric, they just hit 99% compliance in January 2013.
Apple tracks over 1 million workers in its supply chain and requires that workers never work more than 60 hours in a week. For all of 2012, Apple averaged a 92% compliance.
Thanks to iPhone 5 production, compliance slid down to 88% in September as some of the staff worked more than 60 hours a week. Apple says those who worked more than 60 hours a week volunteered to do so.
Apple reached a peak compliance in July and August of 97% before the iPhone 5 rush, but compliance has steadily gained ground since November 2012.