Apple has welcomed a report by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) that noted numerous improvements made for workers at Foxconn manufacturing facilities in China.
The report by the FLA revealed that more than 200 of the improvements it had called for at the factories had already been implemented, although some 76 were still to be carried out. The FLA will be assessing these in the future.
In response, Apple said it was "proud of the progress" the audit had revealed it and Foxconn were making on improving workers' conditions.
"As part of the plan we developed in March, Foxconn has met every short-term goal including better ergonomics and more health and safety training, and they are well ahead of schedule on many more action items," Apple said.
"Our teams remain committed to improving conditions for workers wherever Apple products are made."
The firm also said it was continuing to push efforts at reducing working hours in the factories owned by Foxconn.
"In addition to this ambitious project with the FLA, we've been making steady progress in reducing excessive work hours throughout our supply chain," Apple said.
"We track working hours weekly for over 700,000 workers and currently have 97 percent compliance with the 60-hour maximum work week specified in our code of conduct."
Apple will be hoping the improvements noted by the FLA help counter some of the ire that has been directed at the firm over the poor conditions at Foxconn, which has seen several suicides by workers in the past.
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