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An insight into procurement at Apple Inc.

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With leading technology giants, Apple Inc. currently holding its Special Event, Supply Chain Digital takes a look at the company’s supplier standards and diversity programme.

Over the lifespan of Apple, the company has developed an entire eco-system of suppliers supporting its business. Apple is proud of its strong relationships with its suppliers.

Apple requires its suppliers to follow in the company’s footsteps, meeting the highest standards for all goods and services and be as committed as possible to social responsibilities. Apple’s ideal supplier is one that understands its culture, fast-paced environment and expectations as well as those who look to adding value. Above all else, Apple values innovation.

First steps to become an Apple supplier

Suppliers looking to work with Apple should first create a MyAccess account to register its services. Once completed, Apple procurement professionals will look for relevant products and services required by the company and contact individual suppliers to discuss potential opportunities.

However, if there is no immediate need for new suppliers – providing all information is updated regularly – Apple will retain the relevant information on its Confidential Supplier Information Database for six months.

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Supplier Diversity Programme

It is clear to see that Apple takes its social and environmental responsibilities seriously and is a key reason why Apple has a longstanding commitment to creating a base of diverse suppliers.

Formally established in 1993, Apple’s supplier diversity programme has grown and supported its participating suppliers to develop their own business.

Apple’s programme participates through:

  • The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

  • The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

  • Veteran–Owned Business Expositions

  • Supplier Diversity Business Opportunity Trade Fairs (in the US)

To join the programme suppliers must register as a prospective supplier and carry out a verification and screening process to ensure they are a good fit.

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