2014 Report Highlights

Educating & Empowering Workers

Trained 1.5 million workers on their rights in 2013 and over 3.8 million since 2007.

Doubled the Supplier Employee Education and Development (SEED) programme from 9 to 18 sites.

Provided free courses to more workers through
SEED — with over 280,000 participants in 2013.

Labour & Human Rights

Tracked weekly working
hours for over one million workers throughout our supply chain.

Drove our suppliers to achieve an average of 95 per cent compliance with our standard maximum 60-hour working week.

Launched a project to drive accountability for the vocational schools that place student interns in our supplier facilities.

Conducted 33 specialised audits at facilities employing migrant workers who may be at risk of unfair treatment.

Required suppliers to reimburse US$3.9 million in excess foreign contract worker fees.

Confirmed in January 2014 that all active, identified tantalum smelters in our supply chain were verified as conflict-free by third-party auditors.

Released a list of the smelters and refiners whose tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold we use so it’s clear which ones have been verified as conflict-free.

Health & Safety

Launched the Apple Supplier Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Academy.

Enrolled 240 supplier participants covering over 270,000 workers in the EHS Academy.

Strengthened ergonomic standards for managing workstation design changes.


Completed more than 520 site profile surveys to help determine environmental risks.

Conducted 62 focused environmental assessments.

Launched the Clean Water Programme pilot with 13 supplier sites to increase reuse and recycling.


Conducted 451 audits at all levels of our supply chain, a 51 per cent increase from 298 audits in 2012.

These audits covered facilities where nearly 1.5 million workers make Apple products.

Publicly released more than 100 pages of comprehensive requirements behind our Supplier Responsibility Standards for the first time.

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