Apple Says Workplace Violations Rise Among its Suppliers, But Overall Compliance Improves

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

As Newsweek has previously reported, Apple revealed in 2016 that 20 percent of its cobalt supply came "from sources that don't now have responsible sourcing programs in placeto meet our rigorous requirements".

Apple conducted 756 audits across 30 countries and covering suppliers representing 95 per cent of total spend.

In 2017, Apple found two cases of underage labor, involving workers ages 14 and 15. Constantly raising the bar, finding problems and fixing them, providing advancement opportunities and reporting transparently are fundamental to Apple's supplier responsibility efforts.

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The firm is also launching a women's health initiative at its supplier plants, with a target in place to reach 1m women by 2020. "Upon reaching legal working age, they will be offered a job at the supplier facility they departed, should they wish to return". To achieve a zero waste to landfill certification through certification agency Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a factory must divert 100% of its waste from landfills, with a maximum of 10% sent to a waste-to-energy facility. One specific instance entails 700 foreign contract workers from the Philippines being exacted a total of $1 million to ultimately get hired, a policy Apple banned a few years ago.

"We believe that everyone making Apple products deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and we're proud that nearly 15 million people understand their workplace rights as a result of the work we've done over the years".

Apple repaid a total of $1.9million to 1,558 people who were affected by bonded labor past year. Apple said 197 of those assessments were at new facilities to its chain it had never visited before.

"A new preventive health care curriculum is encouraging women to focus on their personal health, and hopefully share that knowledge with their families and communities".

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"We believe that everyone making Apple products deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and we're proud that nearly 15 million people understand their workplace rights as a result of the work we've done over the years", Apple COO Jeff Williams said in a statement.

Falsification of working hours is reported to the supplier's chief executive, and the company is required to conduct regular audits to prevent repeats.

"Apple's efforts to raise standards are having a dramatic impact", the company said in a news release.

The number of violations is double that detailed in its previous supplier report, which Apple attitude to a rise in standards of its labour and humans rights performance past year, with the number of suppliers assessed as high-performing increasing by 35 per cent.

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Apple goes deeper into the supply chain to find issues and fix them more than any other company in its industry and each year it will do more to raise the bar and protect the people who make Apple products as well as the planet. An additional six businesses opted to cut ties with Apple of their own will before being asked to participate.

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