That Apple takes its environmental and social responsibility seriously, not a novelty; However, this obligation depends not only on Cupertino, but also on several other company suppliers around the planet.
In this sense, it is up to Apple to monitor how these companies are working, and that's exactly what she has been doing since 2011, when she joined the program. Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS), which attempts to prevent companies from buying products or services from suppliers that finance armed conflict (mainly on the African continent).
Every year Ma sends the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a Conflict Minerals Report, which reports the results of audits made with all suppliers of the company. Last week, released this week, Apple advised its suppliers to remove from its supply chain five refineries that "were unwilling to participate in audits or that did not meet the requirements for responsible mineral supply."
Although it did not disclose the name or place where these companies operated, the company clarified that all of the remaining 253 suppliers were properly reviewed, and concluded that none of them benefited groups involved in armed conflicts financially by the end of 2018. This assessment is part of Annual Supplier Responsibility Report, as we explain here.
Once again, Apple has stated that it is committed to going beyond its obligations to “meet and exceed internationally accepted standards of diligence and to protect the people in its supply chain,” especially those in the Democratic Republic of Congo and countries neighbors.
In addition, the company noted that it "supports grassroots initiatives that enable independent local voices to raise important issues and report abuse not only in mines, but throughout the supply chain." Finally, as part of its commitment to keep people safe, Apple said it has integrated "human rights measures" into its minerals program.