New in Apple's supply chain: Grievances, bonuses and shuttle buses

From Bloomberg's "Apple Claims Progress in Supply Chain, No Child Labor Cases" posted Monday:

Apple has trained 21.5 million supplier employees on their rights since 2008 and over the past year it started developing a mobile platform to deliver such training directly to workers’ phones. The training will be delivered in their native language. Apple also convinced suppliers to implement 3,173 actions to address feedback it gathered by surveying their employees -- that included adding shuttle buses, reducing work grievance response times and increasing bonuses.

In one case, Apple claimed it pressed a supplier into reimbursing workers for recruitment fees they had paid to labor agencies, a practice prohibited by Apple standards. The contractor agreed to repay nearly $3.4 million to 10,570 workers and implement systems for stopping such behavior in the future.

My take: No child labor, but no child care either, not in its supply chain report, nor at its Cupertino headquarters.

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  1. Steven Noyes said:
    “My take: No child labor, but no child care either, not in its supply chain report, nor at its Cupertino headquarters.”

    That’s mostly a good thing PED.

    May 31, 2021
  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    The ramifications from a legal & cost perspective of companies providing child care centers for their workers entail exorbitant deliberation. While there may be benefits to employees having children on-site at work vs. the FMLA resulting in employees missing work, there still are problems of opening Employers up to litigation. The company becomes responsible for children on-site in a day-care center. Such an event could result in the company losing one of their workers, which negates the reason why the benefit started. There also needs to be that appropriate separation during work hours between parent & child so workers are not distracted, especially when attempting to meet pressing deadlines. There are licensing logistics, hiring of personnel, time & energy to meet requirements that may outweigh potential benefits. Employers working with employees to effect flexible work arrangements for better juggling responsibilities of work & family is the appropriate path for resolving most child care issues.

    May 31, 2021
  3. Fred Stein said:
    Apple’s family paid leave time, 18 weeks, (plus other benefits) is normative in high tech; And way ahead of most US employers, As of 2017, the Department of Labor, reports only 12% of private sector employees have some kind of paid family leave.

    To make Apple’s case: It would not be fair to offer on-site daycare for HQ employees and not for all the rest. It’s not practical to offer on-site care everywhere.

    On the other hand…

    May 31, 2021
  4. Fred Stein said:
    On the other hand, there is a strong case for Apple to provide more benefits for parents adding a new child into their families – diversity. Parenting changes the way one thinks and those voices help make Apple better..

    Net: Apple’s new parent policies are good, and could be better.

    May 31, 2021

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