Supplier Responsibility Report Stories February 13, 2014

Alongside the release of Apple’s supplier responsibility report today highlighting working conditions within its supply chain, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams has also sent out a letter to employees. In the past, CEO Tim Cook has been known to send out an email to employees following the supplier report. In today’s letter, Williams went over some of the key points from the supplier responsibility report and noted, “to drive accountability, we are now publishing a quarterly list of the names, countries, and participation status of the smelters and refiners in our supply chain.” Williams also mentioned new education programs, the launch of the Apple Supplier Environment, Health, and Safety Academy, and more.

The full letter from Williams only accessible to employees is below: expand full story

Supplier Responsibility Report Stories December 18, 2012

Tim Cook nominated ‘Person of the Year’ by Time, as Apple begins tracking 1M supply chain employees’ hours

Just as TIME is putting Apple CEO Tim Cook on the shortlist for Person of the Year, Apple is meeting a milestone that Cook helped accomplish: increasing the number of employees it tracks working hours for from 900,000 to 1 million. MacRumors noticed the change in Apple’s supplier responsibility report:

Going deep into our supply chain, we now follow weekly supplier data for over 1,000,000 workers. In November 88 percent of workweeks were less than the 60-hour maximum specified in Apple’s code of conduct. In limited peak periods, we allow work beyond the 60 hour limit for those employees that volunteer to do so.

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