Apple Unveils its Suppliers for the First Time

It happens for the first time in the history that Apple has revealed a list of its official suppliers on its supplier responsibility page. There is no doubt that Apple has never been so interested about revealing its suppliers to the world. For instance, in order to see what component actually Apple using in its products, we have to tear down the entire product.

The list released by Apple enlisted some 150 different suppliers. With such a secrecy obsession of Apple, it had also become difficult for the suppliers to keep intact with the policies of keeping the identity hidden. However, now it can be easier for the suppliers as well as for the consumers to know what exactly they can expect from the Apple product.

From Apple:

The following is an alphabetical listing of Apple production suppliers. These suppliers represent 97 percent of Apple’s procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing, and assembly of Apple’s products worldwide.

If you are the one who is not familiar with the supplier responsibility page, let us tell you that it covers various areas, such as labor and human rights, worker health and safety, environmental impact and general ethics etc. For recent some time, the page was under some negative publicity regarding the human rights issues throughout Apple’s supply chain. It also embraces the use of Chinese suppliers guilty of “systemic pollution” and the Foxconn suicides.

Following is given an extract on the subject of human rights:

Apple prohibits practices that threaten the rights of workers — even when local laws and customs permit such practices. We’ve taken action toward ending excessive recruitment fees, preventing the hiring of underage workers, and prohibiting discriminatory policies at our suppliers. And as the first technology company to be admitted to the Fair Labor Association, Apple is setting a new standard in transparency and oversight.

If you are interested to have a look at the complete list of suppliers, click here.

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