Apple Releases 2018 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released its 2018 Supplier Responsibility Report, which provides a look into Code of Conduct violations in the Apple supply chain and outlines progress made with new programs promoting health and education awareness.

    Apple provides supplier responsibility progress reports on an annual basis in an effort to be transparent about the steps it takes to improve the lives of the employees who manufacture the wide range of Apple products available to consumers.


    Apple conducted 756 audits across 30 countries in 2017 (up from 705 last year), and it says that its efforts to raise standards are having a "dramatic impact." The number of low-performing facilities (judged on a point system based on compliance with Apple's Code of Conduct) decreased to one percent during the year, and Apple saw a 35 percent increase in the number of high performers. Overall, Apple suppliers earned an average Labor and Human rights score of 86 out of 100.

    Apple did, however, uncover 44 core violations at its supplier facilities, including three bonded-labor violations, 38 working hours falsifications violations, one access restriction violation, and two cases of underage labor. In one incident, Apple says 700 workers in the Philippines paid out a total of $1 million in recruitment fees for factory jobs, which Apple made the supplier pay back. These violations have increased from last year, and Apple says this is because it brought on several new suppliers during the year.

    Last year, Apple launched a health awareness program for women at supplier facilities in India and China, which offers access to services and education on self-examination for early cancer detection, nutrition, personal care, and maternal health. Apple says that this program, along with others promoting education and worker rights, has been highly successful.
    Apple also worked with Beijing Normal University and some of its larger suppliers to introduce a Factory Line Leader Program that offers practical vocational skills, guaranteed internships, and long-term full-time employment opportunities to workers in an effort to recruit more factory line leaders.

    Apple says that over the course of the last 10 years, more than 2.5 million supplier employees have taken education classes under its Supplier Employee Education and Development program, and over 12,000 have enrolled for a degree.

    As of 2017, all of Apple's final assembly sites around the world have been certified as zero waste to landfill, and suppliers working with Apple introduced energy efficiency improvements that reduced more than on 320,000 annualized metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions during the year.

    Additional details about Apple's supply chain and environmental efforts can be read in the full 2018 Supplier Responsibility Report.

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  2. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2015
    Nice to see Apple taking steps with this, it would be nice to see Foxconn no longer have a need for suicide nets.
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    It would be good in many ways, if Apple would bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
  4. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Of course, what everybody forgets is that Foxconn makes stuff for everyone, from Microsoft to Dell. But Apple gets the bad rap.
  5. makingdots macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2008
    Nah, you don't get it. Obama back off because he learned the reality. It's not really a job for Americans especially with their cost of living. It's a job for very populated countries that are fine with low salaries.
  6. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    It's just not feasible.
    1. The human resources in the US have not been prepped up for factory work like this for a while. It will take a new generation of modifying the school system to prep up new workers that fit for the job, and this won't be overnight.
    2. Even after that, it will take several more years for the skillsets of the workers to be up to par. The Chinese have been doing this for decades.

    Of course, you can ask Foxconn to setup a factory in the US and bring some initial workforce. But then one would ask, would the education system want to change, and would the people even support this as it won't give jobs to Americans right off the bat. Short answer, nope.
  7. Naraxus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2016
    The pressure these employees are under must be insane...
  8. WWPD macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2015
    Ten Forward
    They look so happy!

    Never mind the ones on the left.
  9. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Reading through all this you get the impression that Apple is a country or a government- everything is so immense. But no, they're just a company that makes itoys (a lot of them)
  10. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    It's good to see them working hard on this. That's a lot of extra overhead other companies might not ever be interested in laying out the dough for.
  11. BoxerGT2.5 macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
    There is no way Apple could pay what American workers would want, follow our labor laws (if a US company had to install nets around the building to catch the workers who snap and fling themselves out a window the government would shut them down in a heartbeat. This is to say nothing of dealing with the eventual cost of Unions while still trying to maintain their profit margins. The would have to raise the cost of their products to levels that would probably price them completely out of the market. People don't like it, but that's the reality.
  12. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Apple's annual revenue is bigger than the GDP of all but 40 countries.

    That was a silly argument 10-15 years ago when it was new. ;)
  13. jdsingle macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2011
    This is right on the mark. People in the US are accustomed to University as the requirement after high school. People are ignoring trade/vocational schools - these seem to be coming back though. We are a ways away from being able to staff manufacturing here in a similar manner.
  14. Osamede macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2009
    No - the school system is supposed to educate and produce intelligent human beings with intellectual curiosity and the ability to keep learning.

    "Factory work" , if it is not aligned with this, is outdated and poor use of a human being.

    One would expect a company like Apple to be be leading in redefining how work is organised, to take better advantage of an educated person.

    The same goes for the US. The country should be finding ways to manufacture things with cutting edge processes. But not much has changed in manufacturing in a century. I don't think the likes of Edward Deming should have needed to go to Japan to make an impact. And today we should be looking for manufacturing to come up with new innovations in their processes, to take advantage of the people educated in the US. This they are not doing.
  15. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    That's a terrible idea. Factories tend to chase increasingly higher levels of automation, so why would you subsidize this via the education system? It's worth noting that educational costs have risen to a level where it's not always obvious whether something will pay off. I suspect it would be quite difficult to make the cost of trade school pay off for most of these people.
  16. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    It is implied when people wants Apple to bring manufacturing back to the US is to create new jobs. With automation, the job creation is minimal.
  17. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    San Francisco seems to have realised that 1600 people dying by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge is enough. Many, many lifes too late.

    Foxconn had the choice: Let people die, or put up suicide nets and have idiots all over the world chuckle about them. While saving lives. For saving lives at the expense of being ridiculed, they have my admiration.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 9, 2018 ---
    You realise that US retail employees get _murdered_ on the job at a higher rate than Foxconn's suicide rate at the worst time? You realise that 30,000 to 40,000 Americans kill themselves each year?
  18. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2015
    I won't speculate as to why one is troubled enough to jump off the golden gate bridge, we all have our struggles. However, one does not have to speculate as to why they're jumping out of windows in a factory where they're worked to the point that they feel life is no longer worth living. They shouldn't have our admiration, they should have our protection and we should stand up against such deplorable conditions so it doesn't happen in the first place.

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