Apple Supplier Code of Conduct
Apple is committed to ensuring that working conditions in Apple’s supply chain are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible. Apple’s suppliers (“Suppliers”) are obligated, in all of their activities, to operate in full compliance with the laws, rules, and regulations of the countries in which they operate. This Supplier Code of Conduct (“Code”) goes further, drawing upon internationally recognized standards, in order to advance social and environmental responsibility. Apple requires that Suppliers implement this Code using the management systems described below. The Apple Supplier Code of Conduct is modeled on and contains language from the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct. Recognized standards such as International Labour Organization Standards (ILO), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Social Accountability International (SAI), and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) were used as references in preparing this Code and may be useful sources of additional information. A complete list of references is provided at the end of this Code. As an extension of the Code, Apple maintains a series of detailed Standards that clarify our expectations for compliance.
Labor and Human Rights
Suppliers must uphold the human rights of workers, and treat them with dignity and respect as understood by the international community. Antidiscrimination Suppliers shall not discriminate against any worker based on race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, religion, political affiliation, union membership, national origin, or marital status in hiring and employment practices such as applications for employment, promotions, rewards, access to training, job assignments, wages, benefits, discipline, and termination. Suppliers shall not require a pregnancy test or discriminate against pregnant workers except where required by applicable laws or regulations or prudent for workplace safety. In addition, Suppliers shall not require workers or potential workers to undergo medical tests that could be used in a discriminatory way except where required by applicable law or regulation or prudent for workplace safety. Fair Treatment Suppliers must be committed to a workplace free of harassment. Suppliers shall not threaten workers with or subject them to harsh or inhumane treatment, including sexual harassment, sexual abuse, corporal punishment, mental coercion, physical coercion, verbal abuse or unreasonable restrictions on entering or exiting company provided facilities. Prevention of Involuntary Labor Suppliers shall not use any form of forced, bonded, indentured, or prison labor. All work must be voluntary and workers shall be free to leave work or terminate their employment with reasonable notice. Workers must not be required to surrender any government-issued identification, passports, or work permits as a condition of employment. Suppliers shall ensure that third party labor agencies providing workers are compliant with the provisions of the Code and sending country and receiving country laws, whichever is more stringent in its protection of workers. Suppliers shall ensure that contracts for both direct and contract workers clearly convey the conditions of employment in a language understood by the worker. Suppliers shall be responsible for payment of all fees and expenses in excess of the amount equal to one month of the worker’s anticipated net wages. Such fees and expenses include, but are not limited to expenses associated with recruitment, processing or placement of both direct and contract Workers.
Prevention of Under Age Labor Child labor is strictly prohibited. Suppliers shall not employ children. The minimum age for employment or work shall be 15 years of age, the minimum age for employment in that country, or the age for completing compulsory education in that country, whichever is...
References: Apple consulted the following references in preparing this Code.
Eco Management & Audit System www.quality.co.uk/emas.htm Electronic Industry Code of Conduct, October 2004 www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/environment/pdf/supcode.pdf Ethical Trading Initiative www.ethicaltrade.org/ ILO Code of Practice in Safety and Health www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/cops/english/download/e000013.pdf ILO International Labor Standards www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/norm/whatare/fundam/index.htm ISO 14001 www.iso.org National Fire Protection Agency www.nfpa.org/catalog/home/AboutNFPA/index.asp OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises www.oecd.org OHSAS 18001 www.bsi-global.com/index.xalter SA 8000 www.cepaa.org/ SAI www.sa-intl.org United Nations Convention Against Corruption www.unodc.org/unodc/en/crime_convention_corruption.html United Nations Global Compact www.unglobalcompact.org Universal Declaration of Human Rights www.un.org/Overview/rights.html UN Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with Regard to Human Rights www.ohchr.org This Code is not intended to create new or additional rights for any third party.
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