Apple report lists 156 of its component suppliers
In an unprecedented move, Apple unveiled 97 percent of the company’s overall supply chain, revealing the names of 156 of the companies that work to supply the world’s largest technology company.
The move could point the Apple supply chain in a new and unheralded direction of transparency under new CEO Tim Cook, who took over for the late Steve Jobs last year. Rivals and investors pay large sums of money to consultants just to gain a glimmer of what Apple revealed late Friday evening, which shocked many industry professionals.
Enforcers of labor laws can also breathe a sigh of relief, as Apple has pledged to fight worker abuses after looking into hundreds of internal audits over the past several years. It comes as no surprise that Taiwanese supplier Foxconn was a big-time offender, as the Apple supply chain partner has come under fire for poor factory safety and grueling hours.
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All told, the 500-page report found six active and 13 historical cases of underage labor from its suppliers.
“With every year, we expand our program, we go deeper in our supply chain, we make it harder to comply,” Cook told Reuters in an interview. “All of this means that workers will be treated better and better with each passing year. It's not something we feel like we have done what we can do, much remains to be done.”
Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China
Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from the supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel.
The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018.
KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.
"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.
After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected to eradicate 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.
"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”
Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme
Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”.
As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030.