The map (depicted above, with more details and full interactivity on the firm's site), includes details on "the major manufacturing locations of suppliers who provide raw materials and components or perform final assembly on Apple."
Apple states on its Supplier Responsibility website, "we?re going deeper into the supply chain than any other company we know of, and we?re reporting at a level of detail that is unparalleled in our industry."
Apple's supplier report not only names its suppliers but provides their location and addresses, allowing third parties to critically examine on their own the practices and policies of the companies that build parts for Apple.
"We have long-standing relationships with many industry groups ? and we look for new ways to address important issues in our industry by collaborating with experts around the world," the report adds.
"In 2012, we became the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA). At our request, the FLA launched an unprecedented audit of our largest final assembly supplier, Foxconn. The FLA?s independent findings and progress reports have been published on its website.
"We?ve invited the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and other environmental groups to work with us on specialized audits. We?re also continuing our work with Verit?, a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on ensuring fair working conditions, to develop new strategies for worker-management communication. We participate in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) to promote the use of conflict-free minerals.
"At Apple, we care just as much about how our products are made as we do about how they?re designed. We know people have very high expectations of us. We have even higher expectations of ourselves."