Apple details annual progress report on supply chain

Apple on Friday released its annual Supplier Accountability Report for 2021, detailing labor, health, educational, and environmental initiatives in the company’s manufacturing supply chain.

This year’s report covering the progress made in Fiscal 2020 (PDF link) Provides a detailed top-down view of Apple’s wide-ranging supplier operations in Asia and, to a lesser extent, in the US

The report begins by highlighting factual highlights in four main areas: labor and human rights; Health, safety and education; Atmosphere; And supplier performance. For example, Apple mapped more than 0,470 labor agencies in ten countries classified as “high risk” for labor and human rights abuses. Tech giant 2 working4,265. Employees were also surveyed about their working experience for supplier convenience – an estimated fraction of the millions that work at partners such as Foxconn.

On health, safety and education, Apple commented that it was the first consumer electronics company to receive the EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year award and said its health and health education program had reached 1.9 million supplier employees.

In 2020, Apple conducted 84,842 suppliers in 29 countries and valued 29 smelters and refiners. All identified tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold, cobalt and lithium smelters and refiners – which are often cited for human and labor rights violations – were submitted to Apple in a third-party audit, says Apple.

Finally, Apple’s environmental initiative was reaffirmed, with more than 100 suppliers committed to building products with 100% renewable energy. Efficiency More than 100,000 metric tons of carbon per year was neglected in the supply chain for energy supply efficiency efforts, similar to the program that removed 40,000,000 metric tons of waste from landfills.

Sabih Khan, who heads Apple’s global supply chain, said in a statement that Covid 1 posed a new challenge to the iPhone maker’s employee equity efforts. Still, the company was able to audit, hold suppliers accountable and educate employees about their rights.

“The global focus on public health has not diverted us from the vital task of holding us accountable to the highest standards for labor and human rights,” Khan writes. “In some instances that did not meet our criteria, we immediately moved to provide treatment to all those affected – and in some cases we have taken steps to suspend our business with the supplier as well as to prevent future violations. . “

For fiscal 2020, Apple has recorded only nine so-called “core violations” of its supplier code of conduct, which are 177 in 2019 and 227 in 2018. According to the report, violators will have to address the issue immediately by changing management and preventing it. Measures to re-ensure the violation.

Today’s revelation comes less than a month later Explosive reports Apple reveals possible links between suppliers and forced labor programs suspected of being part of the alleged Chinese genocide against Uighurs. An American MP Called on CEO Tim Cook To clarify Apple’s relationship with the criminals reported by June 15.

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