Apple has released its annual supplier responsibility report for 2015 today, touching on the ways in which it has made progress towards ensuring its suppliers' workers are treated fairly. Overall, the report focuses on improvements in key areas such as health and safety, working hours, and worker education.
The BBC is set to air an undercover investigation into Apple's supply chain with findings that there were multiple violations of Apple's promises to protect workers. Titled Apple's Broken Promises, BBC Panorama explored both the Pegatron manufacturing facility as well as a tin mine in Indonesia. Apple has responded to the BBC documentary stating that it has done a lot and will continue to do more to maintain worker safety.
Apple has released its annual supplier responsibility report, highlighting the progress it has made towards ensuring that their suppliers treat their workers fairly. The report focuses on a number of key areas, including education, health and safety, working hours, and environmental impact.
An academic advisory board has been created by Apple for its Supplier Responsibility program. Richard Locke, a professor at Brown University and Director of the Watson Institute, will chair the board, which has been active for the last six months. The board will perform the following functions, according to the announcement:
The New York Times has an interesting article up about the human cost of manufacturing, particularly the cost of supplying to Apple. It details how suppliers approach Apple and what is required of them to produce their products - such as the cost of parts, salaries, and any other costs associated with producing a finished product.
MacGenerations claims to have gotten their hands on an email to Apple employees, purportedly from CEO Tim Cook, which follows up the supplier responsibility report issued earlier today. It reads, in part:
Finding and correcting problems is not enough. Our team has built an ambitious training program to educate workers about Apple's code of conduct, workers' rights, and occupational health and safety.
Apple has just posted their annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report. The report aims to help improve worker protections and factory conditions as well as show audit information for the year. The report outlines how their audit procedure is performed as well as shows results for audits in 2011.
Apple also posted a list of the 156 suppliers that make up over 95% of their supply chain. The main focus of the report is to highlight their continued efforts to improve work conditions and tighten down on underage labor.
As manufacturer Hon Hai/Foxconn opens their facilities for an unprecedented media tour in the wake of a growing number of worker suicides, Apple has issued the following statement:
"We are saddened and upset by the recent suicides at Foxconn. We are in direct contact with Foxconn senior management and we believe they are taking this matter very seriously. A team from Apple is independently evaluating the steps they are taking to address these tragic events and we will continue our ongoing inspections of the facilities where our products are made.”
Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility wherever our products are made. We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes.