Saturday, February 15, 2014

Apple monitors its subcontractors - Le Figaro

The U.S. has released its eighth audit report on its suppliers. The group, often pointed to the working conditions of workers subcontractors, wants to be virtuous.

Apple made it big. The group has just released the results of its audit eighth in the factories of its suppliers. This year, 451 factories were audited, employing 1.5 million workers who make Apple products. The genesis of these audits is to look into the controversy began to emerge in the late 2000s, fueled by many reviews on the working conditions of workers in Chinese factories key Apple suppliers.

is not perfect, but the group annually recognizes its progress. Although some figures have thoughtful enough to leave. Thus, over 95% of suppliers are in compliance with Apple’s policies on the working week can not exceed 60 hours! Another workhorse of the U.S., the fight against child labor. During the investigation, sixteen cases were identified. Although this is an improvement, it is still “too,” said one expert dossier.

Apple also seeks to show its commitment to respect for human rights. For the company, this necessitates the establishment of a policy of traceability of certain minerals such as tantalum, tin or gold – which enter into the composition of these terminals. Apple wants to make sure it is not mineral “war”, ie they do not come from conflict zones. The goal was reached in January 2014 for tantalum. The group has set up a certification system smelters and refineries which process minerals.

In addition, Apple has also put in place arrangements for the training of employees of its suppliers. Now eighteen plants have integrated its educational program. In addition, last year, 1.5 million people were aware of their rights.

Seen from the West, this type of program can sometimes make us smile. But for Apple, it is essential to avoid scandal on the working conditions of its employees and those of its subcontractors, while public opinion is increasingly sensitive to this point here, but also China.

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