Apple’s public release of its supplier audit and impact

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Jan 16, 2012) describes Apple’s decision to publicly release its supplier audit. The report includes 229 audits in China and problems with 112 locations and requires suppliers to (a) improve conditions at plants, (b) drop screening of employees for pregnancy and (c) pay back wages to employees who were not paid based on Apple’s policies. Should global OEMs  be required to reveal both their suppliers as well as their audit information ? Is it reasonable for customers to demand such detail regarding the manufacturing of products they purchase ? Should global supply chains require conditions that are beyond the expectations in the countries they are located in ?  Given the impact of Apple’s public release of negative supplier information on the supplier’s demand, is this Apple’s prerogative ?

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