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Apple reveals suppliers and joins the Fair Labor Association

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Apple reveals suppliers and joins the Fair Labor Association
It looks like Apple has suddenly taken a big interest in corporate responsibility, because today we've heard that not only did Apple make a list of its suppliers public for the first time ever, but the company has also joined the Fair Labor Association. These are some pretty big steps for a company in which "transparency" has never been part of the vernacular.

Apple has always been an extremely secretive company from its suppliers to designs and product launches. This secrecy has always been the fuel behind the rampant Apple rumor mill, so we'll have to see if this suppliers list does anything to confirm rumors faster. In a statement today, Apple confirmed that it had not only added the list of its suppliers to its Supplier Responsibility page, which is a page that covers a number of topics from labor and human rights, worker health and safety, environmental impact and general ethics. The list of suppliers covers "97 percent of Apple’s procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing, and assembly of Apple’s products worldwide."

The FLA will independently assess the quality of Apple's suppliers and report its findings publicly on its website. Apple has already set up a page publicly detailing its new mission to end indentured migrant labor, prevent child labor, prohibit discriminatory policies and excessive work hours, and even source conflict-free materials.

It seems almost surprising that Apple is the first technology company to join the FLA; however, considering Apple's record on pushing its tech to be more green, maybe it shouldn't be. And, we should note that while Apple has called itself the first technology company to be part of the FLA, it is technically just the first tech hardware company, as game maker Electronic Arts is also part of the FLA. Still, we certainly commend Apple on the move, and hope that more tech companies follow suit.

source: Apple via The Next Web


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posted on 13 Jan 2012, 19:22 7

1. remixfa (Posts: 14191; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


good. maybe they will make real steps to change the conditions in Chenzen.. or it could just be a nice publicity stunt so they can claim innocence while blaming Foxconn.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:13 1

21. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


remixfa, stop being a racist for a change.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 13:50

25. remixfa (Posts: 14191; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


stop thumbing yourself up. its embarrassing.

and exactly how am i being racist again? pointing out the very bad things that apple does to people makes me racist? lol

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 20:29 4

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Corning Incorporated isn't included. The iPhone doesn't have Gorilla Glass.

And it's great that they're being more transparent in their practices. This is probably in response to the pleas of the workers in various plants for Apple to address their dangerous working conditions. Of course, Apple's marketing team left their mark on the report, as you can see their spin doctoring all the f**king way through it. "We're now an industry leader in accountability!!!" Should have been in the first place, assholes. It's kind of sad that this only took place AFTER Steve Jobs' death. He was more concerned with destroying Android than with helping make the lives of the people who made his products better than "dying in a gutter."

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 02:03 4

6. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Jesus, Apple does something good and all you do is rant about PR. Do you and Remix have to spin everything Apple into something negative?

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 03:09 4

7. rf1975 (Posts: 249; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I agree with you. These two always simply against apple. If Samsung or Google take a move like this, then these two will post their comment saying Google and Samsung just save the world doing so. I do not no what wrong with this two guy. If some one done a good thing accept & appreciate it even he is your enemy.

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 03:58 4

9. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*ahem* I wouldn't sit here with glowing eyes and make a golden statue in Google/Samsung's honor. I would say job well done, but then again, plants manufacturing supplies/parts/materials for Samsung and Google haven't been in the news for multiple human rights violations.

I really hate having to re-explain myself here.

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 03:56 4

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Apple does something that *they should have done in the first place.* Great, fine, they're starting to actually flex the muscle they usually use to piss on business partners and competitors against those suppliers which have violated reasonable employment practices. This is only after being pleaded by workers in many plants, especially in China, to do something about workers being beaten, harassed, tortured, and exposed constantly to poisonous chemicals. Also after deleting a game detailing such practices from the App Store, citing "objectionable practices." And this all only happens after Steve Jobs dies. Do you really think it's a coincidence?

But of course when they finally DO get their act together, they have to treat it like a momentous occasion, like they should be given adulation and awards for finally showing some GODDAMN BASIC HUMAN EMPATHY AND INTEGRITY.

And you don't understand why I'm still angry?

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 19:14

14. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Samsung and Google aren't even part of the FLA. Apple's the first tech company to join. Saying "they should have done it in the first place" makes no sense. This is the first place.

Samsung and Google don't get anywhere near the same scrutiny or attention as Apple. For all we know their products could be made exclusively by child labor. I'm not saying they are, just that we don't know. So it's pretty ridiculous for you to crucify Apple when you have no idea what the competition is even like. What we do know is they aren't members of the FLA.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 10:10 2

17. remixfa (Posts: 14191; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


find me a handful of human rights violations, worker deaths, and factory explosions because of samsung and google, then come back to the table.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 11:44

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Why dont you find proof that they are clean.. and have no violations.. since you are the one defending them.. unless you speak out of your rear end....

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 17:53

19. remixfa (Posts: 14191; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so.. you want me to find a news story.. that shows off how shiney and clean a company is??
do you know how news works, gallito? no one cares about clean and shiney, they want to read about the dirty stuff.
If there is no news, then it is by default.. clean and shiney enough to not be news worthy.

So no... go find proof that they are not.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 02:48

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I know more about news than you think... I will keep it simple since you use Android OS.... Apple is news.. Android .. is not... you criticed Apple and defend Android like you know things.. which you dont... dont ask what you cant provide....

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 10:08

23. remixfa (Posts: 14191; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


bahah.. sorry "william-shatner-in-prose" but you really are quite the silly lil ibot arent you?

what you really just said was "i couldnt find any human rights violations against google, so im going to say nonsense instead"

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 11:03

24. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


using insults only shows weakness.. that you had no argument.. but not man enought ot admit it.. so please insult me again...

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 13:51

26. remixfa (Posts: 14191; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


insult? the way you speak its a compliment. im insulting shatner more than you.. lol.

still waiting for proof gallito. you have none and you can not find any. quit stalling and just admit you were wrong.

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 04:31

10. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Gorilla Glass is just a brand name and the patent relating to the gorilla glass has expired long ago. Are you going to downgrade samsung for not using Corning's "Gorilla Glass"?

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 08:03 2

11. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Actually, it's a very specific type of glass, both in composition and in how it's made. And only Corning actually makes it. Other companies make tough glass, but there aren't many that come even close to how well GG holds up.

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 10:31

13. JGuinan007 (Posts: 641; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I'm pretty sure the samsung galaxy note lte has gorilla glass on ithttp://pdadb.net/index.php?m=specs&id=3288&view=1&c=samsung_sgh-i717_galaxy_note_lte

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 01:58

15. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the Nexus does not have gorilla glass... is Samsung's version of Corning gorilla glass.. any comments on that Sniggly...?

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 21:20 4

3. JGuinan007 (Posts: 641; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I'm not an Apple fan, but I applaud Apple for joining the FLA I think more tech companies should follow their example there. As for making their list of suppliers public I think that was a mistake the rumors mill has always really helped Apple marketing and kept a buzz with their products now rumors will be squashed pretty fast and you'll less of them (wich I won't mind) but it will mean they will have to put more into their marketing (then again they have plenty of cash).

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 21:53 1

4. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


apple is greedy just as every other major corporation

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/how-much-is-apple-worth_n_1035973.html

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 22:02 4

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The purpose of businesses is to make money. Apple is successful, but it has also been quite good about making its tech green, and now joining the FLA is a big step. Being successful in business doesn't mean everything you do is bad.

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 09:20 3

12. Immolate (Posts: 290; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I've always disliked Apple for it's philosophy and it's attitude, and especially it's rabid fans, but people who label corporations "greedy" because they turn a great profit aren't fit to comment. People who rely on Huffpo for news and information aren't fit to roam unmedicated. It's corporate "greed" that supplies you and your parents a job (assuming you have one) and keeps you in the opulent lifestyle to which you're accustomed. If this troubles you, there are plenty of places in the world that are relatively untouched by corporations. They don't have the internet there, however, so good luck and we won't be hearing from you.

I for one am surprised and interested by Apple's sudden change in position. Although I ponder their motives, I won't condemn a turn toward responsibility. This doesn't place them above their competitors, however. It just lifts them a bit from a hole they dug for themselves.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 09:48 1

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


very well said.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 17:54

20. remixfa (Posts: 14191; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


exactly.

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