30 highlights from Apple’s 2019 Supplier Responsibility Report

Apple’s latest Supplier Responsibility Report reveals a huge host if interesting insights into the company’s business. You can rread it inf full here, or explore XX highlights below:

“We believe that business, at its best, serves the public good, empowers people around the world, and binds us together as never before,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

30 highlights from Apple’s 2019 Supplier Responsibility Report

  • Apple took number 1 in the Corporate Transparency Index rating.
  • Apple took the 2018 Stop Slavery Award.
  • But reports one case of underage labour.
  • Apple has repaid $616,000 in supplier recruitment fees.
  • Apple has repaid $30.9m in supplier recruitment fees since 2008.
  • Apple has audited 1,049 suppliers in 45 countries
  • All of its rare metals smelters and refiners took part in audits as Apple fights to reduce the trade in conflict minerals.
  • 96% compliance in working hours.
  • Apple saw 27 violations around hours and wages in 2018, down from 44 last year.
  • Since 2014, Apple has seen a big improvement in terms of suppliers following its code of contact, this year just 1 percent were seen as not meeting the cut, compared to 14% in 2014.
  • That means a 30 per cent increase in high performing suppliers
  • 17.3 million supplier employees have now been “trained on their rights”.
  • 3.6 million have received advanced education and skills training.
  • In 2018, Apple began offering employees training in coding for the products that they make.
  • In 2017 it began offering app development courses and 42 apps have been made and released as a result.

  • It has helped 1,500 workers go to college through its Supplier Employee Education and Development (SEED) Program.
  • Since SEED began, over 13,500 supplier employees have enrolled in a degree program.
  • In 2018, more than 3000 supplier employees participated in vocational certification training.
  • 744 supplier employees earned a certification in assembly line robotics in 2018.
  • 203 SEED program participants now hold advanced robotics positions at supplier facilities.
  • Apple has worked with its suppliers to create health training programs that have reached more than 250,000 people globally, and include courses on nutrition and maternal health.
  • Apple suppliers have diverted 1 million tons of garbage in three years
  • In 2018, 100 percent of its final assembly supplier facilities adopted safer, greener cleaners and degreasers.
  • Apple has saved 7.6 billion gallons of fresh water.
  • 100% of final assembly sits are UL Zero Waste certified.
  • Apple has an A+ Mind The Store rating for actions to eliminate hazardous chemicals.
  • It reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 466,000 metric tons.
  • With suppliers, it will purchase 4GW of renewable energy by 2020 – one third of what it needs to make its products.
  • In 2018, the company increased support for new mothers — leading the industry in requiring suppliers to provide nursing rooms on site.
  • Apple conducted 770 assessments of facilities in more than 30 countries in 2018, covering 93 percent of the company’s supplier spend.

Here is the report.

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Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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