United States: Apple fights shareholder call for more transparency on forced labour

Apple is fighting to prevent shareholder votes calling for more transparency about the use of forced labour in its supply chain and about how it decides which apps to delete from its App Store.

The sensitive issues are among six petitions from shareholders, described here for the first time, that also call for the company to take action on how easy it is for its devices to be repaired, its use of non-disclosure agreements and on incorporating more sustainability measures.

The number of petitions is the highest that Apple has faced since 2017, suggesting that pressure on governance and sustainability issues is growing.

So far this year, a record 12 proposals on environmental issues filed at US companies have passed with a majority of shareholder support, according to law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, as big asset managers including BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard agitate for environmental, social and governance (ESG) changes at companies.

This article was originally posted at ft.com

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