If you want to know how the Cupertino tech giant, Apple, get all its iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or any other product’s components? Well, there is a better way to do that than just spend hours of your time on Google. Apple, along with ChinaFile, a project of the Center on US-China Relations, has developed a new interactive map depicting the locations, addresses, and other details of all the major locations of the companies which supply the components for the Cupertino tech giant.
The map shown above includes all these details, “the major manufacturing locations of suppliers who provide raw materials and components or perform final assembly on Apple.” Third parties are also allowed to examine and test the products and practises of these companies and their manufacturing lines to know what goes into that shiny new Apple assembled gadget that you are going to buy soon.
All these details can be found in the seventh annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report that Apple recently published. “We have long-standing relationships with many industry groups — and we look for new ways to address important issues in our industry by collaborating with experts around the world,” the report adds.
“In 2012, we became the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA). At our request, the FLA launched an unprecedented audit of our largest final assembly supplier, Foxconn.”
“We’ve invited the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and other environmental groups to work with us on specialized audits. We’re also continuing our work with Verité, a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on ensuring fair working conditions, to develop new strategies for worker-management communication. We participate in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) to promote the use of conflict-free minerals.”
“At Apple, we care just as much about how our products are made as we do about how they’re designed. We know people have very high expectations of us. We have even higher expectations of ourselves.”
As you can see from these quotes, Apple seems to be very proud of this, and rightly so. Not all companies worry so much about their supply chain. And not all companies definitely give out so much info about these suppliers letting third parties use the info in any way that is legal.
Source: Apple Insider