It marks the first time in the company’s 44-year history it has published such a thing, and comes seven months after nearly half its board said the company should be compelled to uphold freedom of expression around the world. (The Logic, Financial Times)
Talking point: While it contains well-meaning platitudes and pledges about “respecting the human rights of everyone whose lives we touch,” there is one word you won’t read in the four-page document: China. Apple’s supply chain is largely China-based—the word appears 381 times in the company’s 2019 supplier responsibility report—and it has bowed to the country’s whims in the past. In 2017, Apple acknowledged it had deleted VPN services from its China App Store at the country’s behest. The company and its manufacturing partner Foxconn have been further dogged by alleged human rights violations at China’s biggest iPhone plant in Zhengzhou.