The move follows criticism of the company over the past few years that some of its partners treat their workers poorly.
"Apple is committed to the highest standards of social responsibility across our worldwide supply chain," the company said on its Web site. "We insist that all of our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes. Our actions -- from thorough site audits to industry-leading training programs -- demonstrate this commitment."
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