Apple Supplier Responsibility report gives first insights into India manufacturing

Apple Supplier Responsibility report gives first insights into India manufacturing

Apple Supplier Responsibility report gives first insights into India manufacturing

There were 38 recorded violations of falsifying of work hours data, two underage labour violations and several debt-bonded violations. Constantly raising the bar, finding problems and fixing them, providing advancement opportunities and reporting transparently are fundamental to Apple's supplier responsibility efforts.

Apple also said its efforts to create a greener supply chain "resulted in significant progress in 2017".

Still, Apple said it found a higher level of compliance with its Supplier Code of Conduct during its review of 756 suppliers in 30 countries.

In the report, Apple also said it was launching a women's' health initiative at its supplier plants, with a goal of reaching 1 million women by 2020. The company forced the supplier to return the money. To achieve a zero waste to landfill certification through certification agency Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a factory must divert 100% of its waste from landfills, with a maximum of 10% sent to a waste-to-energy facility.

Apple has reported an increase in the number of serious violations of working conditions at factories where its products are manufactured, but says that overall conditions improved.

In one case, over 700 foreign contract workers recruited from the Philippines were charged a total of US$1 million to work for a supplier.

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"We believe that everyone making Apple products deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and we're proud that nearly 15 million people understand their workplace rights as a result of the work we've done over the years". The 2018 report underlines how the company past year made efforts to empower women through health education at supplier facilities in India and China.

Still, Apple says that the number of associated companies being graded as "low performers" - showing weak compliance with the tech giant's rules - decreased to 1 percent in 2017, down from 3 and 14 percent in 2016 and 2014, respectively.

"We believe that everyone making Apple products deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and we're proud that nearly 15 million people understand their workplace rights as a result of the work we've done over the years", Apple COO Jeff Williams said in a statement.

The Apple report claimed that while onboarding Wistron's new supplier facility in India, they "found ways to not only reach a Zero Waste to Landfill certification", but also benefit the local community.

"We believe that everyone making Apple products deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and we're proud that nearly 15 million people understand their workplace rights as a result of the work we've done over the years", Jeff Williams, Apple's COO, said in the company's press release. It said it had launched a programme in China to train workers to become factory line leaders, who often make 20% to 30% more than line workers.

Apple additionally released a specialized disclosure report on an audit of the ethical sourcing of conflict minerals in its supply chain, such as gold and tungsten. Six left of their own accord.

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