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Apple discloses supplier list for the first time; also releases "most detailed ever" supplier responsibility report citing ongoing labor problems at factories

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14 January 2012

Apple joins Fair Labor Association

Author: Casey Newton, San Francisco Chronicle [USA]

Apple made several moves Friday to address working conditions in its suppliers' factories, including an announcement that it had joined the Fair Labor Association. The association…works to end sweatshop conditions in factories around the world. Apple has [previously] faced criticism for its factory conditions in Asia…"We welcome Apple's commitment to greater transparency and independent oversight, and we hope its participation will set a new standard for the electronics industry," Auret van Heerden, Fair Labor Association president and CEO, said…The first technology company to join the labor association, Apple made its announcement the same day it released its annual look at worker safety and factory conditions among its partners. [also refers to Foxconn (part of Hon Hai), Microsoft, Dell]

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13 January 2012

Apple Navigates China Maze

Author: Jessica E. Vascellaro and Owen Fletcher, Wall Street Journal [USA]

Apple...on Friday disclosed a list of its major suppliers for the first time, moving to combat an array of criticism about working conditions in its supply chain and the company's transparency about them. The list of 156 companies came along with a major report—one of the company's largest ever—divulging the results of its recent factory inspections. The report said Apple found continued problems in areas such as working hours and inadequate benefits. For example, the report said Apple's suppliers were in compliance with the company's code of a maximum of a 60-hour work week only 38% of the time. The company said factories fared better in other areas like fair treatment. Apple...has been sharing more of its findings about working conditions in its factories over time, but this year's update represents one of its most detailed ever...[refers also to Sony, Intel, Tianjin Lishen Battery Joint-Stock Company, Foxconn (part of Hon Hai)]

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Author: Florian Innocente, MacGeneration [France]

Apple a publié ce soir son rapport annuel sur les conditions de travail au sein de ses fournisseurs. On aura l'occasion d'y revenir plus en détail, mais il est à relever, chose inédite, que la société y dresse la liste nominative des entreprises avec lesquelles elle travaille...En parallèle à cette publication, Tim Cook a adressé...un mail au sein d'Apple, en voici le texte complet traduit ainsi que la version originale que nous avons obtenue : "Nous venons de publier notre sixième mise à jour annuelle sur les conditions de travail dans la chaîne d'approvisionnement d'Apple, et je tiens personnellement à partager quelques-uns des résultats avec vous. Nous insistons pour que nos partenaires suivent strictement le code de conduite d'Apple, et pour s'assurer qu'il en est ainsi, l'équipe en charge du suivi de nos fournisseurs a conduit l'année dernière plus de 200 audits au sein des installations de l'ensemble de notre chaîne d'approvisionnement. Ces audits ont pour objectif de s'assurer que les conditions de travail sont sûres et justes, et si un fabricant ne répond pas à nos critères, nous cessons de travailler avec lui..."

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13 January 2012

[PDF] Apple Supplier Responsibility, 2012 Progress Report

Author: Apple, Inc.

Apple is committed to driving the highest standards for social responsibility throughout our supply base. We require that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever Apple products are made. Our suppliers must live up to Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct as a condition of doing business with us...We are always looking for ways to make our program even stronger and more transparent. Apple recently became the first technology company accepted by the Fair Labor Association (FLA)..In addition to this report, we are publishing a list of Apple’s leading suppliers on our Supplier Responsibility website...

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