Apple has shared a document in recent hours detailing the company's plans to increase security and protection in its global supply chain following the coronavirus epidemic.
Signed by Sabih Khan, Apple's senior vice president of operations, the document specifically describes the changes Apple has made to protect its supply chain partners, such as strict adherence to social distancing rules, limitation of worker density and health screening:
The pandemic has spared no country and we want to thank all our suppliers around the world for their commitment, flexibility and care for their teams, as we face the complex and rapidly evolving impacts of COVID-19. From the beginning, we have worked with our suppliers to develop and execute a plan that puts people's health first. Thousands of Apple employees have worked tirelessly to execute that plan in collaboration with our suppliers around the world
Some of the measures implemented by Apple include the obligation of personal protective equipment during work and in common areas, such as masks and disinfectants, which have been provided to all employees. Furthermore, advanced protocols for deep cleaning have been implemented and the suppliers have redesigned and reconfigured the plans of the factories, where necessary, for social distancing.
Flexible working hours and staggered working shifts have been implemented to maximize interpersonal space. Apple is also sharing plans with other organizations in the hope of setting similar standards across the industry.
The 2020 Supplier Responsibility Report was created based on interviews with 52,000 workers, with Apple audit suppliers in 49 countries, compared to 30 in 2018. In 2019, 1142 total audits were performed. Some highlights of the report also include employee reimbursements of $ 1.3 million in hiring expenses.
Among other information, Apple reports that less than one percent of suppliers were considered underperforming, with over 154,700 suppliers taking advantage of SEED learning opportunities in 2019.
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