Is Apple attentively listening to the conundrums of Human Rights now?
Apple has been putting more effort into committing to Human Rights’ Advocacy after aiding China’s censorship allegations. The company has to document and answer formally through a published document. Apple stated that they have a firm commitment to upholding human rights.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has announced to the Jury House that the company firmly supports human rights. Thus, stating their position in a policy document on the matter. This right after they were pressured to answer the allegations.
Apple’s Tim Cook Statement on Human Rights’ Advocacy
“At Apple, we are optimistic about technology’s awesome potential for good,” says Cook in a statement at the start of the new document. “But we know that it won’t happen on its own. Every day, we work to infuse the devices we make with humanity that makes us.”
The controversial document is named Apple’s “Our Commitment to Human Rights,” which is a 1,400-word pledge about how Apple treats people and the way it sees technology’s role in protecting human rights. This statement was merely focusing on the company’s principles and not for Human Rights’ Advocacy.
According to the Reports in Human Rights’ Advocacy
“Our approach is based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,” it says. “We conduct human rights due diligence to identify risks and work to mitigate them. We seek to remedy adverse impacts, track and measure our progress, and report our findings.”
“We believe that dialogue and engagement are the best ways to work toward building a better world,” it continues. “In keeping with the UN Guiding Principles, where national law and international human rights standards differ, we follow the higher standard. Where they are in conflict, we respect national law while seeking to respect the principles of internationally recognized human rights.”
According to Apple Insider’s Report, Apple’s document does not explain why it is being published now, but it follows continued pressure from shareholders.
Based on Sondhya Gupta of the campaigning organization SumOfUs, they have published it to beat Apple’s own September 5 deadline for shareholders to submit motions ahead of next year’s annual meeting.
Who are the SumOfUs?
SumoOfUs is an organization that has been petitioning Apple for at least eight years. Their previous petition from the organization had to be reformulated after a false claim about working conditions in some factories making Apple products.
Apple has not as yet commented about its new policy document.
Apple App Store Faces Scrutiny From Game Developers In Japan
Apple Inc. faces another investigation from the Japanese antitrust regulator amid ongoing
scrutiny from Fortnite’s developer, Epic Gaming, Inc. This is the new inquiry the organization faces since the European Union opened its investigation in June.
Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple for charging 30 percent of product income on App Store purchases to the company. However, the Japanese developer’s complaints are profoundly embedded in the incoherent execution of Apple’s guidelines for the App Store.
They claimed the tech giant had inconsistent design decisions and contact discrepancies between developers.