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    Default Tim Cook Sends Friday Email to Employees Regarding Labor


    As MMi covered late this afternoon, it was announced Friday that Apple has become the first tech firm to join the Fair Labor Association.

    Correspondingly, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook emailed employees to herald the release of Apple's new supplier responsibility report and to once again address Apple's commitment to the highest standards of labor practices.

    The Supplier Responsibility Progress Report in question highlights the findings from more than 200 separate audits of Apple's overseas suppliers.

    "To prevent the use of underage labor, our team interviews workers, checks employment records and audits the age verification systems employers use," Cook said in his message, which can be read in full below. "These efforts have been very successful and, as a result, cases of underage labor were down sharply from last year."

    Team,

    We've just released our sixth annual update on conditions in Apple's supply chain, and I want to personally share some of the results with you.

    We insist that our manufacturing partners follow Apple's strict code of conduct, and to make sure they do, the Supplier Responsibility team led more than 200 audits at facilities throughout our supply chain last year. These audits make sure that working conditions are safe and just, and if a manufacturer won't live up to our standards, we stop working with them.

    Thanks to our supplier responsibility program, we've seen dramatic improvements in hiring practices by our suppliers. To prevent the use of underage labor, our team interviews workers, checks employment records and audits the age verification systems our suppliers use. These efforts have been very successful and, as a result, cases of underage labor were down sharply from last year. We found no underage workers at our final assembly suppliers, and we will not rest until the number is zero everywhere.

    We've also used our influence to substantially improve living conditions for the people who make our products. Apple set a new standard for suppliers who offer employee housing, to ensure that dormitories are comfortable and safe. To meet our requirements, many suppliers have renovated their dorms or built new ones altogether.

    Finding and correcting problems is not enough. Our team has built an ambitious training program to educate workers about Apple's code of conduct, workers' rights, and occupational health and safety. More than one million people know about these rights because they went to work for an Apple supplier. Additionally, Apple offers continuing education programs free of charge at many manufacturing sites in China. More than 60,000 workers have enrolled in classes to learn business, entrepreneurial skills or English.

    Finally, we are taking a big step today toward greater transparency and independent oversight of our supply chain by joining the Fair Labor Association. The FLA is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving conditions for workers around the world, and we are the first technology company they've approved for membership. The FLA's auditing team will have direct access to our supply chain and they will report their findings independently on their website.

    No one in our industry is driving improvements for workers the way Apple is today. I encourage you to take some time to read more about these efforts, so that you can be as proud of Apple's contributions in this area as I am. The details are online now at apple.com/supplierresponsibility.

    Tim
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    Every time something like this turns up regarding Tim Cook's still brief tenure as Apple CEO, it amazes me how he's putting his stamp on the culture and logistical side of the Apple company already. Jobs put Apple in a position to dominate and it appears Cook will slowly turn Apple into a morally fruitful company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
    Every time something like this turns up regarding Tim Cook's still brief tenure as Apple CEO, it amazes me how he's putting his stamp on the culture and logistical side of the Apple company already. Jobs put Apple in a position to dominate and it appears Cook will slowly turn Apple into a morally fruitful company.
    Apple will be morally fruitful? I see what you did there.

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    Bravo! Kudos to Tim Cook and Apple.

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    I presume he's aware of the few hundred Foxconn workers who stood a protest on one of the factory roofs protesting about poor work conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
    I presume he's aware of the few hundred Foxconn workers who stood a protest on one of the factory roofs protesting about poor work conditions.
    I always wonder about this.. Don't they have the option of leaving if they're so unhappy with work conditions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justanut View Post
    I always wonder about this.. Don't they have the option of leaving if they're so unhappy with work conditions?
    If there are no better jobs out there then they really don't have any option but to stay where they are to make a living and support their families.

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