Supplier Responsibility

There’s a right way to make products. It starts with the rights of the people who make them.

Our suppliers employ more than 1.6 million people in 20 countries. And every one of those people deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. In our tenth annual Supplier Responsibility Report, we’re sharing the latest steps we’ve taken to create fair employment and safe working conditions throughout our supply chain.

A worker inspects lens components in Lianyungang, China.


We set high standards, then help our suppliers meet them.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct is one of the strictest in the industry. But we do more than just hold our suppliers accountable to these standards — we work with them and provide the support they need to operate responsibly.

Learn more about how Apple keeps suppliers accountable

Workers in Hsinchu, Taiwan, have a meeting in a clean room.

Labor and Human Rights

Workers’ rights are human rights.

We make sure every person who works in our suppliers’ facilities is treated fairly. So we partner closely with suppliers to end bonded labor, underage labor, and excessive work hours. We’re also going deep within our supply chain to make sure our materials are sourced responsibly.

Learn more about how Apple helps protect workers’ rights

Apple iPod quality control and testing in Changshu, China.

Empowering Workers

Preparing people for the workplace and beyond.

Workers may not have access to a quality education in some places where our products are made. So we provide training in factories to help workers be better informed, offer classes to help them take the next steps in their careers, and partner with vocational schools to increase the standard of education.

Learn more about how Apple empowers workers through education

A facility employee practices calligraphy during a SEED class.

Environment, Health and Safety

Respecting the environments we work and live in.

Our suppliers’ facilities can have a significant impact on the planet and the people who make our products. So we collaborate with suppliers to enforce strict environmental policies and protect workers with the right equipment and safety measures.

Learn more about how Apple approaches environment, health and safety

13.8K tons of carbon emissions reduced in 2015
310 new safety professionals graduated from the EHS Academy in 2015
3.8B gallons of water saved since 2013
Plastic reels in Shenzhen, China, are prepared for recycling.

Progress Report

Download this year’s progress report, read a letter from Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, and view reports from previous years.

Learn more about the 2016 progress report

Apple operations and engineering teams working in Shanghai, China.

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