Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Apple finds more serious supplier problems as its audits expand

Apple finds more serious supplier problems as its audits expand

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Foxconn, Apple's primary supplier in Asia, was accused recently of illegally using students to assemble the newly-released iPhone X by having them work 11-hour days at a factory, well over the permitted limit.

Apple also said it clamped down on all suppliers responsible for its core violations.

In one example, more than 700 foreign contract workers were recruited from the Philippines and charged a total of $1 million to work for a supplier via a private agency.

This picture taken on April 22, 2015 shows Chinese workers assembling a cheaper local alternative to the Apple Watch in a factory producing thousands every day in Shenzhen, in southern China's Guangdong province.

Apple's annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report has been in operation since 2007 and seeks to improve "working conditions at supplier facilities, protect the planet and ensure responsible sourcing".

Indeed, Apple is supplied by a total of 756 supplier spread across 30 countries, most of whom are now adhering to Apple's code of conduct.

In the report, Apple also said it was launching a new women's' health initiative at its supplier plants, with a goal of reaching 1 million women by 2020.

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On the environmental front, Apple says all of its iPhone final assembly sites around the world have now been certified as zero waste to landfill.

Last year, Apple launched a program at locations in India and China created to help improve the health awareness for women working throughout its supply chain. Apple said 197 of those assessments were at new facilities to its chain it had never visited before.

"We're going further with health education programs and new opportunities for advancement at our suppliers", he added. The programme provides vital information and access to services that women need to maintain their health, including critical topics such as self-examination for early cancer detection, nutrition, personal care, and maternal health. Our goal is to reach 1 million women by 2020.

"High performers" with scores of more than 90 rose to a record high of 59 per cent from 47 per cent the year before.

In addition to tracking specific violations, Apple gives each of its suppliers a ranking based on its compliance and standards.

In a bid to promote health and education among women workers in factories, Apple past year launched a program in India and China to provide information and access to services that include self-examination for early cancer detection, nutrition, personal care and maternal health.

On Wednesday, Apple also issued its conflict minerals report, which is required by United States securities regulators. The report lists suppliers of sensitive metals such as tin and gold.

Labor and human rights violations in Apple's global supply chain have doubled in the span of a year, a new report has revealed. Six left of their own accord.

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