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Cook gets Time nomination; Apple supplier tracking expands

updated 03:18 pm EST, Tue December 18, 2012

Company claims most workers doing less than 60 hours per week

Apple CEO Tim Cook is included on Time's Person of the Year shortlist, the magazine has announced. The winner of the title will be revealed tomorrow. Cook faces some stiff competition though, including US President Barack Obama, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and the scientists who detected the Higgs boson particle. Cook's predecessor, Steve Jobs, was a staple of Time lists.

Apple itself has meanwhile updated its supplier responsibility report with new claims. "Going deep into our supply chain, we now follow weekly supplier data for over 1,000,000 workers," text on the webpage reads. "In November 88 percent of workweeks were less than the 60-hour maximum specified in Apple's code of conduct. In limited peak periods, we allow work beyond the 60 hour limit for those employees that volunteer to do so."

A common complaint from workers' rights groups is that suppliers will demand extreme overtime to meet Apple orders, especially those right before major product launches. And while overtime may not be mandatory, workers can feel pressured to accept it by bosses or the need for a livable wage.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Grendelmon

    Senior User

    Joined: 12-26-07

    Why? Because he publicly apologized about the iOS 6 Maps debacle? Or because he hasn't burned Apple to the ground after taking over for Jobs?

    I don't understand why Cook would be nominated in the first place.

  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: 01-14-10

    Agreed. All due respect to TC but in terms of the world impact, Obama and Marsi were much more important. Obama also won reelection in one of the nastiest battles in a while.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01


    a. Because he took over one of the most challenging jobs in the world, and has to live under a huge shadow.

    b. Because the products his company make are as integral to our lives as the TV and the telephone.

    c. Because Apple is one of the biggest influences in electronics, manufacturing and design in the world.

    That said, I certainly agree that most of the other people on the list are more "important" (not that this is always the path to PotY) or have accomplished something more noteworthy. But let's not pretend that running Apple -- uniquely among US companies -- isn't something that requires extraordinary talent and skill.

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