Apple joins IDH Electronics program
Apple has officially joined the IDH electronics program. By partnering with IDH’s new program Apple aims to work collaboratively with key stakeholders to improve the social and environmental performance of its supplying factories in China.
Other electronics brands such as HP, Philips and Dell are also part of the IDH program, which links social and environmental performance (e.g., worker satisfaction and energy efficiency) with business objectives like decreasing worker turnover and reducing cost.
The program is a public-private consortium of electronics brands, suppliers, NGOs, international donors and governments working together to improve the sustainable performance of suppliers in the electronics industry, which has faced serious social and environmental challenges in the rapidly growing manufacturing industry in China.
The IDH approach goes ‘beyond auditing’ to develop a sustainable supply chain, enhancing constructive worker-management dialogue as a core element and strengthening the factories’ abilities to improve sustainable business performance.
Over the coming months, IDH will launch its Entry Point Assessments (EPA) methodology, including worker surveys and management interviews and assessments to map the improvement areas of select Apple supplier factories.
The next steps involve developing and monitoring an improvement Work Plan including timelines and KPIs. Simultaneously, by enhancing the constructive worker-management dialogues the factories’ ‘self- improvement’ capacities will be strengthened.