Apple invites independent environmental organizations to inspect its Chinese suppliers
As part of its ongoing initiatives for labor conditions and environmental impact transparency, Apple has been letting 3rd party NGOs for a few weeks now to prepare for inspection of its Chinese suppliers.
This interesting tidbit was let out by the famous Chinese activist Ma Jun, a founder of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs. He said that Apple has agreed his organization, among others, to inspect two of its Chinese component makers for their procedures and environmental impact.
The audit is supposed to start in March with those two, eventually expanding to the whole supply chain that produces Apple gadgets. The NGO has had six meeting and conference calls with Apple since last September discussing the details.
Linda Greer, director of the health program for the US Group National Resources Defense Council has in her turn confirmed that Apple agreed to allow environmental groups investigate at least two of the 14 suppliers where Apple carried out its own audits last year. We'll see how the reports turn out, it should be an interesting glimpse into the human and environmental impact of gadget-making.