Apple is working with an NGO to help provide jobs for victims of human trafficking.
The new programme is in partnership with the NGO International Organization for Migration, which will help victims to pass interviews for jobs working at the tech company’s stores, according to Apple Insider.
The victims will be employed by suppliers to Apple in non-customer facing roles such as caretaking and landscaping, the BBC reported. Apple and its staff will not be told who is employed this way, but the company will monitor the programme directly to establish success, it said.
Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president for retail, spoke about the initiative at international human rights forum Trust Conference, where Apple won the Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award.
“Though we have only just started, we see huge opportunity to be a beacon of hope for trafficking survivors, integrating them into our retail team,” she is reported to have said. “These efforts are just a part of a broader set of initiatives to eliminate modern slavery from every part of our company, in every part of the world.
“Just like we have an environmental responsibility, a supplier responsibility, we also believe we have a human responsibility to keep doing what we can,” she said.
The company was named winner of the Stop Slavery Award 2018 by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which recognises businesses for efforts to eliminate forced labour in their supply chains. The judges said that Apple’s supplier responsibility programme was leading in every category.
Last year, Amnesty International put Apple first for tackling child labour in cobalt battery supply chains. “The bar is low”, the organisation added. It ranked Apple’s action taken is ‘adequate’ – the higher rating of ‘all possible actions taken’ was awarded to no companies.
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