apple: Apple launches $50 million skill development fund for supply chain employees – Times of India
To support expanded initiatives for people across its supply chain, Apple is partnering with the International Labor Organization, the International Organization for Migration, and education experts around the world
Apple has partnered with the International Labor Organisation, the International Organisation for Migration and education experts around the world to support expanded initiatives for people across the supply chain.
As a part of the new initiative, the Cupertino-based tech giant has announced a $50 million Supplier Employee Development Fund that will expand access to learning opportunities and skill development.
According to the company, the new education initiatives will make training and coursework available to supplier employees around the world. The programme will initially be available to individuals in the US, China, India, and Vietnam.
As a part of this new program, the company has been offering in-person and virtual education, skill building and enrichment courses since 2008 to provide opportunities to people in their supply chain to gain new technical and leadership skills.
In addition to that, the fund includes partnership with universities, rights advocates and nonprofits to drive Apple’s ongoing work to empower supplier employees. The company is also working with the supply chain partners to amplify worker voice.
The $50 fund commitment also includes supporting the worker rights programs created by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for people in the electronics sector and the work the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is doing to expand rights training and scale its industry-leading responsible labor recruitment tools.
In addition to this, Apple has also released its 16th annual People and Environment in Our Supply Chain Report. The report provides detailed information of how Apple and suppliers are supporting people across the company’s supply chain, transitioning to clean energy, and investing in cutting-edge technologies.
As part of its new Supplier Employee Development Fund, Apple has announced a variety of new and expanded partnerships with labor rights experts, organizations, and UN agencies.