As it traditionally does, Apple released its Annual Supplier Responsibility Report (PDF) this week. This is the company's 12 report, which details the progress it is making to improve working conditions at partner facilities, protect the planet and ensure responsible supply.
According to Apple, since 2007, nearly 15 million supplier employees have been trained in their rights, including 3 million last year alone.
Constantly raising the bar, finding problems and fixing them, providing advancement opportunities and transparent reporting are critical to Apple's supplier responsibility efforts.
Apple has made progress in its effort to create a more environmentally friendly supply chain. According to the company, all locations for final assembly of iPhones, worldwide, are certified as locations that produce zero waste for landfills. In parallel, more Apple products were made with renewable energy while reducing overall energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Suppliers working with Apple have also implemented energy efficiency improvements that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 by more than 320,000 metric tons per year.
Health education programs
Last year, Apple launched a program to help improve the health awareness of women who work for their partners, so that they are more prepared / aware, sharing this knowledge with their families and communities.
The program began at facilities in India and China, and provides information and access to services, including self-examination for early detection of cancer, nutrition, personal care and maternal health. Apple aims to reach 1 million women who work for its supplier network worldwide by 2020.
We believe that all Apple product manufacturers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and we are proud that nearly 15 million people understand their rights in the workplace as a result of the work we have done over the years. We go beyond health education programs and new opportunities for advancing our suppliers. A new preventive health care curriculum is encouraging women to focus on their personal health and, I hope, to share that knowledge with their families and communities. Our goal is to reach 1 million women by 2020. We know that our work is never complete and we are committed to raising the bar every year, across the supply chain.
Jeff Williams, Apple COO.
In addition, Apple has worked with some of its major suppliers and Beijing Normal University (considered one of the most prestigious and also one of the oldest institutions of higher education in China) on a new program to address challenges that recruit online leaders. qualified factory.
The program Factory Line Leader bridges the gap between skills and the employer, providing practical professional skills and internships guaranteed at an Apple supplier, as well as long-term employment opportunities. In the past 10 years, more than 2.5 million employees of suppliers have taken education classes, ranging from language skills to software development; 12,000 graduated with a diploma.
In 2017, Apple conducted 756 audits (against 705 in 2016) covering 30 countries and covering suppliers representing 95% of the company's total spending. Of these 756 audits, 197 were carried out at new suppliers / who had never been audited.
According to Apple, its efforts to raise standards are having a dramatic impact, with the number of underperforming facilities (according to the Apple Code of Conduct) decreasing to just 1% (in 2016, they were 3%); on the other hand, she saw the number of high-performance installations jump to 35%; in general, suppliers earned an 86/100 score.
Apple discovered 44 fundamental breaches at vendor facilities, including 3 forced labor violations, 38 counterfeit violations in working hours (which caused compliance with the 60-hour weekly rule to drop to 94% from 98% in 2016 ), 1 violation of access restriction and 2 work cases of minors.
In a specific incident, Apple said that 700 workers in the Philippines paid a total of $ 1 million in recruitment fees. Apple made the company return that money. These violations have increased over the past year, and Ma's explanation for why she started working with new suppliers during 2017.
Minerals from conflict zones
In addition to the Annual Supplier Liability Report, Apple has also made available the Annual Conflict Minerals Report (PDF) to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
In it, Apple claimed to have audited 100% of the companies that work with this type of material; for failing audits, 10 factories / refineries were cut and no longer work with Ma; another 6 also stopped working with Apple, these indirectly, since they were cut by suppliers from the Cupertino firm.
For those interested, Apple also published the reports below:
- Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery
- Specification of Regulated Substances
- List of Factories and Refineries
- Supplier Code of Conduct
- List of Suppliers
- Supplier Liability Standards
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Also according to Apple, it is the company that delves deeper into the supply chain to find problems and fix them and, each year, do more to raise the bar and protect the people who make products with the Ma brand, as well as the planet.
via MacRumors, AppleInsider