Apple will make compliance with its supplier code of conduct a condition of obtaining a ‘Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod’ (MFi) licence, according to a report from the MFi conference currently taking place in Shenzhen, China.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog claims that the code of conduct, which places strict conditions on component suppliers, will now also apply to anyone who wants to be given status as a manufacturer of official accessories for Apple mobile devices.
An MFi licence is now more important than ever as previous reports claim that Apple will control supplies of the Lightning connector pins itself and only pass them on to approved manufacturers.
Apple’s supplier code of conduct lays down minimum standards for working conditions, environmental impact, health and safety, and ethics. It’s come under scrutiny in recent years after a spate of incidents at Foxconn plants, but earlier this year Apple invited the Fair LAbor Association to audit its supply chain in order to measure its performance in relation to the FLA’s own code of conduct.