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Apple Supply Chain Revelations Challenge Organizations to Raise Standards

Published: 06 April 2012

ID: G00232441

Analyst(s): Richard Adams , Mickey North Rizza

Summary

Apple has recently shown new openness regarding the makeup of its supply chain and its efforts to improve the human rights and worker safety performance of its suppliers. Supply chain leaders should use the insights in this research to prepare for greater consumer scrutiny of their value chains.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

  • Impact: Apple's disclosure of its supply base will push other supply chain leaders to more proactively identify noncompliant supplier practices, and address them to enhance their supply chains and avoid a potential consumer backlash
  • Impact: Apple's increased transparency of its work regarding worker safety and human rights will force other companies that share Apple's supply base to adapt to the changes driven by Apple
  • Impact: Apple's appointment of a CEO with substantial experience in supply chain will result in more organizations including supply chain experience as a skills requirement for new CEO appointments

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