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Apple receives award for anti-slavery work

Author: Missions Box, Published on: 26 November 2018

"Apple Receives Thomson Reuters Annual Stop Slavery Award", 19 November, 2018

The Thomson Reuters Foundation presented its annual Stop Slavery Award to a company that has been previously criticized for partnering with offshore suppliers who employed underage workers and used employment tactics that fall under the definition of slavery and human trafficking.The award was presented to tech giant Apple, not because of the past sins of companies in its supply chain, but because of the significant progress that it has made in combating the inhumane practices that had previously existed.The award...“recognizes companies that have taken concrete steps to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. The aim is to create a virtuous cycle, a positive paradigm to demonstrate that business can play a critical role in putting an end to modern-day slavery worldwide.”...Apple is running training programs for employees working throughout its supplier network. The training apprises the workers of their rights as employees, their safety and wellbeing, and how to avoid being a victim of human trafficking. More than 100,000 employees have already participated in the training. Beyond providing training, Apple has returned a total of $350 million to 35,000 workers who had been forced to pay excessive fees to unscrupulous recruiters.

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Related companies: Apple