Apple, represented by its senior vice president of retail, Angela Ahrendts, received yesterday from Thomson Reuters Foundation an award in recognition of his numerous efforts in recent years to eradicate slavery.
THE Stop Slavery Award this year it was delivered not only to Apple, but also to Unilever and Thai Union.
“Just like we have an environmental responsibility, a supplier responsibility, we also believe we have a human responsibility to keep doing what we can.” @ AngelaAhrendts on @ apple’s leadership in fighting #ModernSlavery, collecting its #StopSlaveryAward # trustconf18 pic.twitter. com / CwX0xmE1Fz
– trust conference (@trustconf) November 14, 2018
“As much as we have an environmental responsibility, a responsibility to suppliers, we also believe that we have a human responsibility to continue doing what we can.”
@AngelaAhrendts leading @apple in fighting #ModernSlavery, receiving her #StopSlaveryAward # trustconf18
The recognition was made official during the Trust Conference, at a ceremony held last night in London (United Kingdom). Both Ahrendts and CEO Tim Cook commented on the achievement on Twitter:
It was an honor to receive the @TRF Stop Slavery Award on behalf of @Apple this evening in London. Our work is never done. # trustconf18 https://t.co/tHmMqflNlE
– Angela Ahrendts (@AngelaAhrendts) November 14, 2018
It was an honor to receive a Stop Slavery Award from @TRF on behalf of @Apple tonight in London. Our work never ends. # trustconf18
Proud of this team and the work they do to leave our world better than we found it. Congratulations and thank you! https://t.co/fHKEuMqUOC
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) November 14, 2018
Proud of this team and the work they do to make our world better than how we found it. Congratulations and thank you!
And Apple took the opportunity to go further. How did you cover the BBC, the company has just announced a program – in partnership with the non-governmental organization International Organization for Migration (IOM) – to help victims of human trafficking to obtain opportunities for indirect jobs in Apple Stores, through partners and suppliers. Everything will be monitored periodically by Apple.
For some years now, Apple has been publishing annual reports (here the last one) on its relationship with suppliers and what it has done to combat abuse, exploitation of minors and the like. Some companies have already been completely discredited by it, due to multiple violations of conduct.
Tribute to Tim Cook
On a related note, Apple’s chief executive is also receiving recognition for his efforts and initiatives against hate speech.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will hand over to Tim Cook Courage Against Hate Award, for his work as “a champion for unity, diversity and social progress”.
“During an era when technology is being used to spread hate, Tim has been a pioneer in combating this on Apple platforms,” said ADL CEO and national director Jonathan Greenblatt. “He is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community and immigrant rights, as well as reporting racist vitrioles like those in Charlottesville, and we are proud and excited to honor Tim with this award.”
Cook will receive the award during the Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate, in New York, on December 3rd. He was also invited to give the opening speech of the event.