This year only 44 fundamental violations of labour standards have been found, and although they may seem few for a company with hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect employees, the truth is that this is twice as many as last year.
Of the 44 main violations, a total of 38 were for excessive working hours and two were for the use of underage labour. A particular case occurred in the Philippines, where up to 700 workers in an assembly factory were hired through a private agency that managed to benefit from up to one million dollars.
Leaving aside these unfortunate 44 facts, in 2017 Apple achieved that all of its iPhone mounting sites worldwide were certified as 100% zero waste , i.e. zero waste. This improvement in conditions and the push for renewable energy have resulted in Apple reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 320,000 metric tons by 2017.
Today, March 8, it is more important than ever to reclaim a women’s awareness program launched in India and China by the company. It promotes women’s health through early detection of breast cancer, nutrition, personal care and maternal health for women in Apple factories or their suppliers.
Also noteworthy is the Supplier Employee Education and Development program, which helps current employees to better study and develop the fields in which they are most interested . Since its creation a total of 2.5 million people have participated in it. This program is in addition to the Factory Line Leader Program in China, a program that helps students to qualify for and reach higher positions in the production and assembly factories of their suppliers in China. For example, graduates are guaranteed internships with an Apple supplier and full-time employment opportunities.
Apple’s report is available on its website with many more details. This time a total of 756 suppliers have been audited in more than 30 different countries. Of these, 197 were new suppliers. We will see how the numbers progress in 12 months’ time.