Apple issues Supplier Responsibility Progress Report; Greenpeace responds

Apple has released its latest Supplier Responsibility Progress Report. In the report, Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams pointed out that:

  • In 2015, work-hour compliance among Apple suppliers reached 97%. Since 2008, more than 9.2 million workers have been trained on their rights, over 1.4 million people have participated in Apple educational programs, and more than $25.6 million in excessive recruitment fees have been repaid to foreign contract workers by suppliers as a result of our efforts.
  • Apple suppliers have diverted more than 73,000 metric tons of waste from landfills. The company’s Clean Water Program has saved more than 3.8 billion gallons of freshwater. In the first year of Apple’s energy efficiency program, suppliers have prevented more than 13,800 metric tons of carbon emissions.

In response to the report, Gary Cook, Greenpeace USA Senior IT Analyst issued this statement:

“Apple’s latest Supplier Responsibility Progress Report certainly highlights the importance Apple is placing on improving its supply chain, but this year’s report lacks detail on where problems remain and how they plan to address these issues. While highlighting specific success stories is useful, it would be best to dig deeper, and document the ongoing problems and potential solutions for a clean supply chain in order to assist others in the industry facing similar problems.

“Policing a multi-tiered supply chain is a major challenge for Apple and other electronics manufacturers. In the section addressing conflict mineral use, Apple says it has reached its goal of 100% conflict free smelters, but also acknowledges that some of its suppliers could still be dealing in conflict minerals and that further efforts are needed.

“Apple needs to provide more clarity into supplier performance and accountability. We expect a leader like Apple to set a greater example for the industry.”