Για πρώτη φορά η Apple δίνει στη δημοσιότητα την πλήρη λίστα με τους επίσημους προμηθευτές της «σπάζοντας» τη μυστικότητα της προέλευσης των εξαρτημάτων στα προϊόντα της.
Στη λίστα αναγράφονται πάνω από 150 διαφορετικοί προμηθευτές που αντιπροσωπεύουν το 97 τοις εκατό των δαπανών για τα υλικά και την παραγωγή των προϊόντων της εταιρείας παγκοσμίως.
Η λίστα δόθηκε ως μέρος της σελίδας Supplier Responsibility που περιλαμβάνει μεταξύ άλλων πληροφορίες για εργασιακά και ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα, εργατική ασφάλεια, περιβαλλοντικά θέματα και γενικότερα ηθικά ζητήματα.
Apple prohibits practices that threaten the rights of workers — even when local laws and customs permit such practices. We’ve taken action toward ending excessive recruitment fees, preventing the hiring of underage workers, and prohibiting discriminatory policies at our suppliers. And as the first technology company to be admitted to the Fair Labor Association, Apple is setting a new standard in transparency and oversight.
Μπορείτε να δείτε τη λίστα με τους προμηθευτές εδώ.
Με αφορμή την δημοσιοποίηση της αναφοράς για τους προμηθευτές ο Tim Cook, CEO της Apple, έστειλε το παρακάτω e-mail σχετικά με το ζήτημα:
We’ve just released our sixth annual update on conditions in Apple’s supply chain, and I want to personally share some of the results with you.
We insist that our manufacturing partners follow Apple’s strict code of conduct, and to make sure they do, the Supplier Responsibility team led more than 200 audits at facilities throughout our supply chain last year. These audits make sure that working conditions are safe and just, and if a manufacturer won’t live up to our standards, we stop working with them.
Thanks to our supplier responsibility program, we’ve seen dramatic improvements in hiring practices by our suppliers. To prevent the use of underage labor, our team interviews workers, checks employment records and audits the age verification systems our suppliers use. These efforts have been very successful and, as a result, cases of underage labor were down sharply from last year. We found no underage workers at our final assembly suppliers, and we will not rest until the number is zero everywhere.
We’ve also used our influence to substantially improve living conditions for the people who make our products. Apple set a new standard for suppliers who offer employee housing, to ensure that dormitories are comfortable and safe. To meet our requirements, many suppliers have renovated their dorms or built new ones altogether.
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. More than one million people know about these rights because they went to work for an Apple supplier. Additionally, Apple offers continuing education programs free of charge at many manufacturing sites in China. More than 60,000 workers have enrolled in classes to learn business, entrepreneurial skills or English.
Finally, we are taking a big step today toward greater transparency and independent oversight of our supply chain by joining the Fair Labor Association. The FLA is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving conditions for workers around the world, and we are the first technology company they’ve approved for membership. The FLA’s auditing team will have direct access to our supply chain and they will report their findings independently on their website.
No one in our industry is driving improvements for workers the way Apple is today. I encourage you to take some time to read more about these efforts, so that you can be as proud of Apple’s contributions in this area as I am. The details are online now at apple.com/supplierresponsibility.
Η Apple ανακοίνωσε, επίσης, συνεργασία με την Fair Labor Association για τον έλεγχο των συνθηκών στα εργοστάσια των προμηθευτών καθώς και ένα επεκταμένο πρόγραμμα ανακύκλωσης σε Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, Γερμανία και Γαλλία.
The world’s most valuable technology company joins Nike Inc. (NKE), Nestle SA (NESN) and Syngenta AG (SYNN) in turning to the Fair Labor Association, set up in 1999 to monitor workplace conditions globally in an initiative by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Apple is the first technology business to sign up to the FLA as a participating company, the Washington-based body said today in a press release.
Η Apple συμμετέχει ενεργά σε ελέγχους των εγκαταστάσεων των προμηθευτών και δηλώνει ευτυχής που θα συνδράμει και η Fair Labor Association ως ανεξάρτητη αρχή.
“We’re extremely proud to be the first technology company admitted to the FLA. Last year we performed more than 200 audits at our supplier’s facilities around the world. With the benefit of the FLA’s experience and expertise, we will continue to drive improvements for workers and provide even greater transparency into our supply chain.”