“Late Thursday, Apple updated its public Supplier Responsibility Report with news that it had increased audits throughout the company’s supply chain by 72 percent over 2011 levels,” MacNN reports. “It also reported an increase in compliance among suppliers with a 60-hour work week maximum, now at 92 percent.”

MacNN reports, “The biggest news, however, is that Apple fired one of its suppliers — Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics (PZ) — after uncovering some 74 child labor violations, along with reporting other suppliers for not paying sufficient overtime.”

“In addition, Apple reported the labor agency accused of supplying PZ with the underage workers to authorities,” MacNN reports. “The labor agency, which encouraged families to use falsified documents, ended up having its license suspended and will pay a fine.”

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