Apple Releases 2012 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report and Supplier List

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The stream of environmental and labor rights news from Apple continues today with the company's release of its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report for 2012. The report details efforts to oversee working conditions and environmental responsibility at its suppliers around the world, and notes that the company conducted 229 audits during 2011 for an 80% increase over 2010's auditing levels.
    The company notes that in 2011 it began a dedicated environmental auditing process to supplement the environmental checks that had previously been included in the standard auditing procedure. According to the company, third-party environmental engineering experts helped conduct audits at fourteen different facilities, and some violations were found.

    Full details on the auditing results, including summaries of the various violations discovered in environmental and other areas, are available in the complete report (PDF).

    Apple for the first time also published a list of 156 suppliers (PDF) representing 97% of the company's procurement expenditures. While no details on each company's role in Apple's supply chain is offered in the document, merely identifying the supply chain offers some improvement in transparency for the secretive company.

    Update: The Wall Street Journal has a story on Apple's disclosures, including quotes from CEO Tim Cook.
    Article Link: Apple Releases 2012 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report and Supplier List
  2. Votekinky06, Jan 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012

    Votekinky06 macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2011
  3. tdream macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2009
    Apple doing a good job of covering their asses.
  4. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Good to see, but what Apple can do here is rather limited.
  5. M-O macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    did you read the article?
  6. Kaibelf macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    What computer did you post this from, and where can I find the full audits of every component? How about your clothes? And your food? After all, you seem to think it's your business to know everything about everything.
  7. mccldwll macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2006
    Huh? Read for comprehension. Those stories were about xbox workers. The audit result has been in preparation and has been released.
  8. thenerdal macrumors 65816

    Oct 14, 2011
    The workers there also make Apple products.
  9. langis.elbasunu macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2007
    corning glass is not on the list of suppliers

    that should put the gorilla glass rumors to rest, no?
  10. gnasher729, Jan 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012

    gnasher729 macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Well, Apple just did. And after reading their report, "damage control" seems to me a malicious misinterpretation of what Apple is doing.

    Same here. I'd say Apple doing a good job helping employees who have been exploited by agencies (forcing suppliers to pay $3.3 million dollars this year to such employees), forcing employers to uphold basic worker rights, even when not required by their country's law, and even for workers not involved with Apple products, and forcing employers to stop damaging the environment.

    How is it limited? Obviously Apple can't force them to do anything, but Apple can and does say: "Behave appropriately, or you are not going to do any business with Apple anymore". And in several cases they said: "You didn't behave appropriately, so our business with you is finished".
  11. mccldwll macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2006
    Foxconn employees in that factory city may make aapl products, but those workers were specifically x box workers. That incident had nothing to do with aapl:

    "Dozens of workers assembling Xbox video game consoles climbed to a factory dormitory roof, and some threatened to jump to their deaths, in a dispute over job transfers that was defused but highlights growing labor unrest as China's economy slows.

    The dispute was set off after contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group announced it would close the assembly line for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 models at its plant in the central city of Wuhan and transfer the workers to other jobs, workers and Foxconn said Thursday."


    The glass technology could be licensed by GLW to another manufacturer specifically making displays for aapl.
  12. mjtomlin Guest

    Jan 19, 2002
    So what? What do Apple's findings have to do with XBox production lines? It was never made clear that the facility in Wuhan also makes Apple's products. Apple certainly can't be expected to monitor an entire company, especially one the size of Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) which employs almost million people. All any company can do is make sure the facilities where their products are made are up to certain standards.
  13. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    You should have read the article. The issue isn't working conditions - its declining manufacturing orders. In other words, its exactly the situation that might be brought about by some moralistic boycott. I somehow doubt though that the do-gooders would have put these (very unlikely) suicides on their own conscience.
  14. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Are these violations of Chinese environmental laws, or are the plants expected to meet US standards? These may be violations of very weak standards that amount to very little protection at best in the first place.
  15. mccldwll macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2006
    No. Here's a list, which I'm sure is incomplete:

    "Principal Subsidiaries

    CCS Holdings, Inc.; Chengdu CCS Optical Fiber Cable Co., Ltd. (China); Corning (Australia) Partnership Holdings, GP (Australia); Corning (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (China); Corning Cable Systems GmbH & Co. KG (Germany); Corning Cable Systems International Corp.; Corning Cable Systems International Ltd. (Cayman Islands); Corning Cable Systems LLC; Corning Cable Systems Brand, Inc.; Corning Cable Systems Polska Sp. Z o.o. (Poland); Corning Cable Systems Vermogensverwaltungs GmbH (Germany); Corning Costar Holding, LLC; Corning Display Technologies Taiwan Co., Ltd.; Corning Gilbert Inc.; Corning GmbH (Germany); Corning Holding GmbH (Germany); Corning Hungary Data Services, LLC (Hungary); Corning International Corporation; Corning International Holding, LLC; Corning Japan KK; Corning Ltd. (United Kingdom); Corning Mauritius; Corning NetOptix, Inc.; Corning Noble Park, LLC (Australia); Corning Oak Holding, Inc.; Corning Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa); Corning Property Management Corp.; Corning S.A.S. (France); Corning Specialty Materials, Inc.; Corning Tropel Corp.; Costar Europe Ltd.; Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH & Co. KG (Germany); Optical Fiber Corporation; Dow Corning Corporation (50%); Samsung Corning Precision Glass Co., Ltd. (Korea; 50%); Samsung Corning Co., Ltd. (Korea; 50%); Pittsburgh Corning Corporation (50%).

    Principal Operating Units

    Display Technologies; Telecommunications; Environmental Technologies; Life Sciences."
  16. Kaibelf macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    With your ridiculous logic, I should sue Motorola because I don't like a purchase I made at Sears, since they are both based in Illinois. After all, since they are in the same state, they MUST be in cahoots, right? In fact, I heard a rumor on a progressive blog once that Moto Razr was made by the Kenmore people in sweat shops! BOYCOTT! I'll just go buy products from Vegan Industrial.
  17. hobo.hopkins macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2008
    This is great news, and very progressive. Anyone who doesn't think so must have some internal desire for Apple to do no right.
  18. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    If only it were that simple.
  19. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Apple doesn’t specifically push the “Gorilla Glass” brand in their marketing message currently, but they still sell one model where they did mention that brand: the 3GS. So Corning’s absence from the list probably doesn’t mean what you think.
  20. tombiv macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2009
  21. JHankwitz, Jan 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012

    JHankwitz macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    And the suppliers will say "good-by, I'll make stuff for Widowz and Android instead. If you want us to meet these conditions, you (Apple) will have to pay us more for our products to cover the cost difference".
  22. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I noticed that, as well. Is it possible that Corning has licensed the process to another supplier?
  23. PittStop macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2012
    Foxconn is not on the list either

    Well Foxconn is not on the list either. So must be under a different name.

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