Apple, for the first time in history, released a report stating its suppliers for 2011. The list consists of total of 156 suppliers in the PDF the company made available on its website. The list includes big names like Sony, Samsung, Sandisk Corporation and Intel. The list can be checked here.
With its newly live reports on the website, company also released its 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report, that figures out the details of the company’s efforts to improve worker protections and factory conditions. In 2011, cases of underage labor were down significantly, and company audits found no underage workers at our final assembly suppliers.
Highlights from the 2012 Report:
- 1. In 2011, Apple conducted 229 audits throughout their supply chain network — an 80 percent increase over 2010 — including more than 100 first-time audits.
- 2. Apple-designed training programs have educated more than one million supply chain employees about local laws, their rights as workers, occupational health and safety, and Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct.
- 3. Apple audits have always checked for compliance with environmental standards. In 2011, in addition to our standard audits, company launched a specialized auditing program to address environmental concerns about certain suppliers in China.
- 4. Third-party environmental engineering experts worked with our team to conduct detailed audits at 14 facilities.
- 5. Apple is having a zero-tolerance policy for underage labor, and we believe our system is the toughest in the electronics industry.
- 6. Apple offers continuing education opportunities at our suppliers’ facilities free of charge. More than 60,000 workers have enrolled in classes to study business and entrepreneurship, improve their computer skills, or learn English.
(Image Source: 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report)