Apple launches $50 million Supplier Employee Development Fund
March 30, 2022
Apple Launches $ 50 Million Employee Employee Development Fund
To support extended initiatives for people in its supply chain, Apple has partnered with the International Labor Organization, the International Organization for Migration, and education experts around the world.
Cupertino, California Apple today announced a $ 50 million Employee Employee Development Fund that will expand access to learning and skills development opportunities. The fund also includes new and expanded partnerships with key rights advocates, universities, and nonprofits to drive Apple’s ongoing work to empower vendor employees and drive improvements in knowledge and respect for labor rights in all industries.
As part of the new $ 50 million commitment, and building on Apple’s long history in space, the company is working with supply chain partners to amplify workers’ voices. This includes supporting workers’ rights programs created by the International Labor Organization (ILO) for people in the electronics sector, and the work that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is doing to expand training in rights and expanding its tools of responsible hiring leaders in the sector. .
“In everything we do, we put people first and are proud to announce a new commitment to accelerate our progress and provide even more opportunities for people in our supply chain,” said Sarah Chandler, Senior Director. Apple’s Environment and Supply Chain. Innovation. “Together with human rights defenders and educational leaders, we continue to drive new innovations to support people and the planet.”
“At IOM, we understand that the responsibility of the supply chain is complex and must be driven by innovation, results and partnerships,” said Amy Pope, IOM Deputy Director General for Management and Reform. “Improving people’s lives must be their core. The partnership between IOM and Apple has shown results in Apple’s own supply chain and paves the way for others in the industry to follow. To achieve real change, we need global collaboration that includes workers, NGOs, government, and industry. Apple’s new commitments will have tangible and significant benefits for workers around the world. “
Apple also released its 16th annual report on people and the environment in our supply chain today, which provides a comprehensive account of how Apple and its suppliers support people in the company’s supply chain. they make the transition to clean energy and invest in cutting-edge technologies.
New educational and professional development opportunities
Apple has been offering face-to-face and virtual education, skills development, and enrichment courses since 2008, providing opportunities for people in its supply chain to acquire new technical and leadership skills. With the launch of the Supplier Employee Development Fund, Apple is significantly expanding the reach of these offerings, with new educational resources for people in its supply chain — and surrounding communities — to develop the skills needed for their jobs. work today and tomorrow.
The new educational initiatives will make training and courses available to employees around the world, with programming initially available to people in the US, China, India and Vietnam. By 2023, Apple expects more than 100,000 vendor employees to participate in new learning opportunities, from leadership training and technical certifications to classes on coding, robotics, and advanced manufacturing fundamentals, including green manufacturing.
These new initiatives build on Apple’s long-term commitment to investing in its supply chain people and driving best practices around the world. To date, the educational programming of Apple provider employees has reached more than 5 million people.
Expand and expand workers’ rights programs
As part of its code of conduct for vendors, Apple requires that all vendors provide their employees with training on their rights in the workplace. To date, more than 23 million people in Apple’s global supply chain have received critical training on workers’ rights.
In collaboration with IOM and the ILO (United Nations Agency for the Protection of Workers’ Rights), Apple will expand this work by creating new programs, training and feedback mechanisms for workers to help ensure a work environment. safe and respectful to the people in your supply chain.
As part of its new Supplier Employee Development Fund, Apple is also announcing a variety of new and expanded partnerships with labor rights experts, United Nations organizations and agencies, including:
- A new partnership with the ILO to promote fundamental labor rights in electronics supply chains.
- A new initiative to scale the best digital worker rights training program across Apple’s entire supply chain.
- Expand work with the IOM to scale the responsible procurement toolkit, developed by Apple in collaboration with the IOM, across Apple’s entire supply chain, which will soon be open source for all sectors.
- Develop communications platforms and raise awareness of existing hotline hotlines for employees to share comments or concerns about their workplace.
Learn more about Apple’s commitment to supporting and protecting people and the environment in its supply chain in its 2022 Progress Report on People and the Environment in our supply chain.
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