For the past seven years, Apple has been publishing reports on the audits we perform in our supply chain. We do this because we believe in honestly sharing our findings — the good and the bad. We’re fixing problems and tackling issues that our entire industry faces, such as excessive working hours and underage labour. We’re going deeper into the supply chain than any other company we know of, and we’re reporting at a level of detail that is unparalleled in our industry.
To end the practice of excessive overtime, we now track weekly working hours for one million workers across our supply chain and publish the results on our website every month. And we share our working-hour strategy and tools with others inside and outside our industry. Although underage labour is rare in our supply chain, we report all incidents we find, as well as the actions taken to correct problems and prevent future occurrences. We also give our suppliers the names of employment agencies known to recruit underage workers. In addition, we are publishing the names and addresses of our top 200 production suppliers.
We have long-standing relationships with many industry groups — and we look for new ways to address important issues in our industry by collaborating with experts around the world. In 2012, we became the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA). At our request, the FLA launched an unprecedented audit of our largest final assembly supplier, Foxconn. The FLA’s independent findings and progress reports have been published on its website.
We’ve invited the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and other environmental groups to work with us on specialised audits. We’re also continuing our work with Verité, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) focused on ensuring fair working conditions, to develop new strategies for worker-management communication. We participate in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) to promote the use of conflict-free minerals.
At Apple, we care just as much about how our products are made as we do about how they’re designed. We know people have very high expectations of us. We have even higher expectations of ourselves.