March 30, 2022
Apple launched a $50 million Supplier Employee Development Fund
To support expanded people initiatives across its supply chain, Apple partners with the International Labor Organization, the International Organization for Migration, and education experts around the world.
Cupertino, California Apple today announced a $50 million Supplier Employee Development Fund that will expand access to learning and skills development opportunities. The fund also includes new and expanded partnerships with leading advocates, universities and nonprofit organizations to drive Apple’s ongoing work to empower supplier employees and drive improvements in knowledge and respect for workplace rights across industries.
As part of the new $50 million commitment, and building on Apple’s long history in the space, the company is working alongside supply chain partners to amplify the voice of workers. This includes support for labor rights programs established by the International Labor Organization (ILO) for people in the electronics sector, and work by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to expand rights trainings and expand industry-leading responsible labor recruitment tools. .
“We put people first in everything we do, and we are proud to announce a new commitment to accelerating our progress and creating more opportunities for people across our supply chain,” said Sarah Chandler, Apple’s senior director of environment and supply chain. cooperation. “Together with rights advocates and education leaders, we continue to drive new innovations to support people and the planet.”
“At IOM, we recognize that supply chain responsibility is complex and must be driven by innovation, results and partnerships,” said Amy Pope, Deputy Director-General for Management and Reform at IOM. Improving people’s lives should be at its core. The partnership between IOM and Apple has proven results in Apple’s supply chain and is paving the way for others in the industry to follow. To make real change, we need global collaboration that engages workers, NGOs, government and industry. Apple’s new commitments will bring tangible and meaningful benefits to workers around the world.”
Today Apple is also releasing its 16th annual People and the Environment in Our Supply Chain Report, which provides a comprehensive description of how Apple and its suppliers support people across the company’s supply chain, transition to clean energy, and invest in cutting-edge technologies.
New opportunities for education and career development
Apple has been offering in-person, virtual, skill-building and enrichment courses since 2008, providing opportunities for people in its supply chain to gain new technical and leadership skills. With the launch of the Employee Resource Development Fund, Apple is dramatically expanding these offerings, while providing new learning resources to individuals in its supply chain — and surrounding communities — to develop the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
New educational initiatives will make training and courses available for supplier employees around the world, with programs initially available to individuals in the United States, China, India and Vietnam. By 2023, Apple expects more than 100,000 supplier employees to participate in new learning opportunities — from leadership training and technical certifications to coding lessons, robotics, and advanced manufacturing fundamentals, including green manufacturing.
These new initiatives build on Apple’s longstanding commitment to investing in people in its supply chain and driving best manufacturing practices around the world. To date, educational programs for employees of Apple suppliers have reached more than 5 million people.
Expand workers’ rights programs
As part of its Supplier Code of Conduct, Apple requires all suppliers to provide their employees with training on their workplace rights. To date, more than 23 million people across Apple’s global supply chain have received significant labor rights training.
In partnership with the International Organization for Migration and the International Labor Organization — United Nations agencies that advocate for workers’ rights — Apple will expand this work, creating new programmes, training courses and worker feedback mechanisms that help ensure a safe and respectful work environment for people across its supply chain.
As part of the new Supplier Employee Development Fund, Apple is also announcing a variety of new and expanded partnerships with labor rights experts, organizations and UN agencies, including:
- New partnership with ILO to advance basic labor rights in electronic supply chains.
- A new initiative to extend a best-in-class digital worker’s rights training program across Apple’s supply chain.
- Expanded work with the International Organization for Migration to expand the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit — developed by Apple in partnership with the International Organization for Migration — across Apple’s supply chain, soon to be open sourced to businesses across industries.
- Develop communication platforms and raise awareness of existing freelancer hotlines for supplier employees to share comments or concerns about their workplace.
Learn more about Apple’s commitment to supporting and protecting the people and the environment in its supply chain in the 2022 People and Environment Report in our Supply Chain Progress Report.
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