“The New York Times” (http://tinyurl.com/chu26bl) says Apple and Foxconn’s commitment to “wide ranging reforms” in China-based manufacturing facilities “could create a ripple effect that benefits tens of millions of workers across the electronics industry.”

The companies have cut workers’ hours, increased wages, instituted more stringent safety precautions and more, the article adds. The changes also extend to California, where Apple is based.

“Apple, the electronics industry’s behemoth, in the last year has tripled its corporate social responsibility staff, has re-evaluated how it works with manufacturers, has asked competitors to help curb excessive overtime in China and has reached out to advocacy groups it once rebuffed,” adds “The New York Times.”