China: NGO releases videos of people who say they were harmed by pollution from Apple's suppliers - in interview director Ma Jun says Apple has "not improved at all"

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28 September 2011

Allegations of pollution in Apple's supply chain in China

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 31 Augst 2011, a group of Chinese environmental NGOs...released..."The Other Side of Apple II: Pollution Spreads through Apple's Supply Chain" alleging that Apple...continues to use Chinese suppliers that are known to cause serious pollution in Chinese water bodies. The report, follows the coalition's first report on Apple...issued in January 2011, which focused on labour as well as environmental concerns...Ma that since the release of the first report "Apple’s behaviour hasn't improved at all"...IPE released two videos...with interviews of people allegedly harmed by Apple's suppliers...On 26 August IPE sent a letter to Apple. On 31 August, the day of the release of the Apple II report, Bill Frederick, Vice President of Apple Supplier Responsibility, sent an email reponse to IPE. The same day IPE sent its reply to Bill Frederick. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Apple to respond to these items...[A] spokesperson...referred us to their Supplier Responsibility report (Feb 2011)

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1 February 2011

[PDF] Apple Supplier Responsibility - 2011 Progress Report

Author: Apple

Apple is committed to driving the highest standards of 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...Apple’s approach to supplier responsibility extends beyond our audit program. We empower workers through training, educate factory management, address underlying issues with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and industry groups, and hold suppliers accountable for their practices...Apple continues to drive improvements that make a di∂ erence. In 2010, our supplier responsibility program included the following key activities...

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