Company Ranking4 out of
Apple Inc. (Apple), the world’s largest tech company, ranks fourth out of 49 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers across all themes. Since 2018, the company has improved by disclosing practices such as mapping recruitment corridors in its supply chains, prohibiting the use of employment agencies for student workers, and providing information on its supplier selection process. Compared to 2018, the company’s rank decreased by one place, as it did not improve its performance and disclosure across themes. Notably, the company achieves the highest score on the themes of Worker Voice and Monitoring, and it is the only company to score above 50/100 on Worker Voice. KnowTheChain identified one allegation of forced labor in the company’s supply chains. The company reports that it launched an investigation into its supply chains and carried out audits on the factory in question. However, the company does not disclose engagement with affected stakeholders nor remedy outcomes for workers. Steps the company could take to address forced labor risks in its supply chains include strengthening its disclosure and practices on the themes of Purchasing Practices, Worker Voice, and Remedy.
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THEME & indicator score
The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. There are a total of 22 indicators accross the seven themes. For each themes, a company can score a total of 100 points.
Commitment and Governance
|Commitment||100 / 100|
|Supplier Code of Conduct||90 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||75 / 100|
|Training||75 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||75 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||87.5 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||75 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||25 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||50 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||15 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||45 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||100 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||75 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||75 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||0 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||100 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||90 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||90 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||80 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||100 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||12.5 / 100|