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Apple yesterday began promoting on its home page the release of its annual Supplier Responsibility progress report, describing the company's commitment to responsible business practices on the part of its suppliers and other partners around the world.Apple requires suppliers to commit to our comprehensive Supplier Code of Conduct as a condition of their contracts with us. We drive compliance with the Code through a rigorous monitoring program, including factory audits, corrective action plans, and verification measures.Among the key highlights touted in the report is Apple's commitment to audits of its suppliers. The company reports having audited 102 facilities in 2009, up from only 39 just two years ago, and has trained over 133,000 workers, supervisors, and managers on such topics as workers' rights and management responsibility. Apple notes that representatives of most of the audited facilities have reported that Apple is the only company to have audited them regarding supplier responsibility.

Apple also notes that is has developed thorough guidelines in seven areas (Dormitories, Juvenile Worker Protections, Medical Non-Discrimination, Pregnancy Non-Discrimination, Prevention of Involuntary Labor, Wages and Benefits, and Working Hours) clarifying how suppliers can meet the standards outlined in the company's code of conduct.

According to the report, Apple in 2009 found a total of 17 instances of what it considers "core violations" of its code of conduct, representing about 2% of core issues assessed by its auditors. The violations involved such incidents as overcharging of agency recruitment fees to employees, hiring of underage workers, improper disposal of hazardous waste, and falsification of records related to underage labor and working hours, and in each case Apple reports having worked with the suppliers to address these issues.

As Apple's business has grown, the company has come under increasing scrutiny for the practices of its suppliers and manufacturing partners. The apparent suicide of a Foxconn employee who lost an iPhone prototype and a more recent report on the security at Apple's partners' facilities including a description of the physical assault of a reporter outside a Foxconn compound have added to the publicity surrounding Apple's control over its partners, increasing the need for the company to visibly share the steps it is taking to ensure compliance with company standards.

Article Link: Apple Publishes Annual Progress Report on Supplier Responsibility
 

KingYaba

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You know, when I read the headline I thought this was going to be about improving hardware. You know, no iMac yellow screen problems and Macs coming out like crap out of the factory. But this is good too. :eek:
 
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neuregulin

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This is a good Apple

Apple is a commercial company,no doubt. So by principle, it is evil, it wants to make money, and loves to make money, lots of it!

However, you can still treat those at the bottom better.... than lots of Taiwanese companies. At least from that famous iPhone factory girl picture, we can tell, at least there are happy workers in Apple's associated factories. Hope they will keep this tradition...


Actually this is one of the reason I keep on buying :apple:
 
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neuregulin

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How much do you want to pay for an Apple?

Be the revolution Steve, build them in America.

$2000 Macbook??..... As far as they are treating those chinese girls fine, I have no problem with low prices....

To be honest... I don't think nowadays American workers can make better electronics in large scale anymore..... just imangine those fat fingers touching your macbook's motherboard!....yuk:(
 
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ChrisA

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Be the revolution Steve, build them in America.

Do you REALLY want those manufacturing jobs to move from China to the US? We don't need low-skill low-pay jobs here. No one here wants those jobs.

Far better (for the US) if all the low-pay low-skill monkey-work jobs are in China and all the higher paying engineering, design and marketing jobs are here and that is pretty much the way Apple has arranged it.
 
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GodWhomIsMike

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Does this mean that Apple will be aggressively pushing certain suppliers to stop beating, harassing, and murdering staff?
 
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jo0

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im really glad they watch out for things like this. keeping the suppliers pure and doing good clean business build faith in the end product.
 
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Shin3r

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Do you REALLY want those manufacturing jobs to move from China to the US? We don't need low-skill low-pay jobs here. No one here wants those jobs.

Far better (for the US) if all the low-pay low-skill monkey-work jobs are in China and all the higher paying engineering, design and marketing jobs are here and that is pretty much the way Apple has arranged it.

Yes I do. A job is a job. And the more money we can keep within our borders, the better.
 
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840quadra

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This is nice to see. The secrecy and tight control over information on new products is understood, however, making the manufacturing facilities so much of a compound for known systems in production is a bit silly.

Does Apple ever have factory tours in China? Something tells me they don't.

Do you REALLY want those manufacturing jobs to move from China to the US? We don't need low-skill low-pay jobs here. No one here wants those jobs.

Far better (for the US) if all the low-pay low-skill monkey-work jobs are in China and all the higher paying engineering, design and marketing jobs are here and that is pretty much the way Apple has arranged it.

Yes I think we do. We loose more jobs than just the labor force on the assembly line. Also out of work (in the US) are IT support personnel supporting the factories, skilled electricians, construction contractors, engineers responsible for building / maintaining the assembly equipment, and lastly, management positions responsible for the factories.
 
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mattwolfmatt

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Do you REALLY want those manufacturing jobs to move from China to the US? We don't need low-skill low-pay jobs here. No one here wants those jobs.

Far better (for the US) if all the low-pay low-skill monkey-work jobs are in China and all the higher paying engineering, design and marketing jobs are here and that is pretty much the way Apple has arranged it.

Yes, far better for the US to have 11% of people with NO job, instead of several thousand with A job. [sarcasm noted]
 
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Cromulent

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Yes I do. A job is a job. And the more money we can keep within our borders, the better.

So much for free market economics eh? Or capitalism.

This has always been my problem with American politics, you spend all your time spouting about how evil communism is and you then go and enact protectionist policies which go against your so called capitalist ideals.
 
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sishaw

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Do you REALLY want those manufacturing jobs to move from China to the US? We don't need low-skill low-pay jobs here. No one here wants those jobs.

Far better (for the US) if all the low-pay low-skill monkey-work jobs are in China and all the higher paying engineering, design and marketing jobs are here and that is pretty much the way Apple has arranged it.

With 10% unemployment, I think ANY increase in jobs here would be good. It's not so much a zero-sum game between us and China, as it is that not everyone can work in high-skill, high-education jobs and as a society, a high unemployment rate is not good.

I tend to believe that a lot of people WOULD take computer manufacturing jobs. It's a decent environment and probably pays better than a lot of other low-skill jobs out there. What Americans don't want to do is wash dishes and do stoop labor in fields. Even low-level tech jobs are a different category.
 
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MorphingDragon

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Do you REALLY want those manufacturing jobs to move from China to the US? We don't need low-skill low-pay jobs here. No one here wants those jobs.

Far better (for the US) if all the low-pay low-skill monkey-work jobs are in China and all the higher paying engineering, design and marketing jobs are here and that is pretty much the way Apple has arranged it.

Well we'll take them, we get several thousand people signing up at the opening of a super market.
 
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Eraserhead

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So much for free market economics eh? Or capitalism.

Quite. The Chinese need jobs too, I don't see why they shouldn't make them there. And besides the Chinese having jobs is what is driving their economy forwards and the people in the cities (which are getting towards the standards of developed countries) can buy more stuff from the US in return.
 
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gingafeet

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ask yourself this.. what incentive apple has to move those jobs into US?
Yes it would be nice to have them stay, but would the company be able to exist and sell at the same numbers it is selling today if MB started off at $1400, MBP at $2000. Mac Pro at $4000??
 
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MorphingDragon

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Quite. The Chinese need jobs too, I don't see why they shouldn't make them there. And besides the Chinese having jobs is what is driving their economy forwards and the people in the cities (which are getting towards the standards of developed countries) can buy more stuff from the US in return.

Except its the exact opposite. I doubt the Chinese buy anything from other countries apart from raw resources.

-- If you assume these reports to even be remotely true, they're still better off than most of China. Applauds to Apple.

Okay, picture a needle in a haystack with you trying to find the needle, now replace the hay with rubbish, the needle with a scrap of food/chump change and you with several hundred small children. Now you have villages and slum areas in China. Compare that that to the dormlike living with food and resources provided.
 
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