Apple’s 13thAnnual Supplier Responsibility Report reveals a huge amount of interesting insights into how the company works, but perhaps some of the most revealing hints are those suggesting the fast-growing importance of robotics across its supply chain.

Designed by Apple, built by robots

I took a birds-eye view through Apple's report and noticed the following:

  • 744 supplier employees earned a certification in assembly line robotics in 2018.
  • 203 Supplier Employee Education and Development (SEED) program participants now hold advanced robotics positions at supplier facilities.

These two nuggets of data are revealed in part of the report in which Apple explains how it is trying to help supplier employees improve their lives by providing various forms of training and educational opportunity.

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