Apple's high-performance suppliers +35%; Could Apple buy Snap?

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Apple's high-performance suppliers +35%; Could Apple buy Snap?

In its latest annual audit, the USA -based corporation outlined problems discovered among some of its partnered manufacturers, like falsifying work hours data and inappropriately exacting inordinate fees for initial employment.

"We're going further with health education programs and new opportunities for advancement at our suppliers", he added.

Apple suppliers have breached the firm's core labor rules 44 times in the past year, according to a new audit.

Last year, Apple launched a program at locations in India and China created to help improve the health awareness for women working throughout its supply chain. Apple has since ordered the money be paid back to employees. All iPhone final assembly sites around the world have now been certified as zero waste to landfill.

Apple's annual report notes that more of the company's products were made using renewable energy and also helped in reducing overall energy usage and carbon emissions. Apple's policy requires that its suppliers do not charge fees of this kind in any amount. In one case, Apple said that it had discovered that one supplier charged 700 workers in the Philippines a total of $1 million in fees to work.

"We believe that everyone making Apple products deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and we're proud that nearly 15 million people understand their workplace rights as a result of the work we've done over the years". Apple reports violations it finds at various categories of severity and gives its suppliers ratings based on how they treat their workers.

Furthermore, Apple says that several smelting facilities and refineries were dropped because they refused to participate in required third-party auditing.

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The proportion of "low performers", or suppliers scoring less than 59 points on Apple's 100-point scale, fell to 1 percent in 2017 from 3 percent in 2016 and 14 percent in 2014. It is the first time Apple has spoken about its facilities or suppliers in India, where it started production previous year.

The number of violations is double that detailed in its previous supplier report, which Apple attitude to a rise in standards of its labour and humans rights performance a year ago, with the number of suppliers assessed as high-performing increasing by 35 per cent.

COO Jeff Williams states, "We're committed to raising the bar every year across our supply chain".

The company conducted 756 audits spanning 30 countries and covering suppliers representing 95 percent of total spend.

"We believe that everyone making Apple products deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and we're proud that nearly 15 million people understand their workplace rights as a result of the work we've done over the years", said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer (COO). It said it had launched a programme in China to train workers to become factory line leaders, who often make 20% to 30% more than line workers.

The issue of conflict minerals in Apple devices was dealt with in a separate report, a requirement of the USA securities regulators.

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