“Foxconn Technology Group, Apple Inc.’s largest supplier, cut working hours and improved safety conditions at its China factories after inspections by the Fair Labor Association found dozens of violations, the group said,” Stanley James and Tim Culpan report for Bloomberg.

“The changes are among 284 made by Foxconn this year after FLA audits at three plants of the Taiwan-based company logged more than 50 breaches of Chinese regulations, the group said in a report released today,” James and Culpan report. “Foxconn is ahead of its own 15-month schedule for upgrading conditions and meeting FLA mandates, with 76 more items due for completion by July 1, the group said.”

James and Culpan report, “Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook brought the company into the FLA in January, leading to the inspections, after suicides by at least 10 Foxconn employees in 2010 highlighted conditions at the supplier. Cook has pledged not to turn a ‘blind eye’ to problems in a supply chain that includes competitor Samsung Electronics Co… Foxconn, which has about 178,000 workers making Apple devices in China, completed each of the 195 items required of it by the end of June and more than half the tasks due by next July, the Washington-based FLA said. The company reduced the number of working hours per week to 60, including overtime; redesigned equipment to protect employees; and is working with local authorities to get migrant workers access to unemployment insurance.”

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