Apple Report on Creating a Greener Global Supply Chain

Apple's 2018 Supplier Responsibility 2018 Progress Report list several accomplishments toward greening the ICT supply chain, including conflict minerals, water, landfill waste and carbon emissions.

"named the world’s top company for responsible sourcing of conflict minerals by the Enough Project"

"625K metric tons of waste diverted from landfill since 2015 — that’s enough to cover 2,545 soccer fields about 1 meter deep"

"100% of all iPhone final assembly facilities worldwide diverted 100 percent of waste from landfills"

"320K annualized metric tons of carbon emissions reduced in 2017, enough to remove every car off the road in Hong Kong for 62 days"

"Achieved a 37 percent average wastewater reuse rate and...5.1B gallons of water conserved in 2017, enough to fill 7,722 Olympic-size swimming pools"

"Replaced all GreenScreenR Benchmark 1 and 2 cleaners with green alternatives in all final assembly facilities"


Apple looked a five Environmental Impact subcategories in its 2009 audits of 102 facilities, rating each on Practices in Compliance and Management Systems in Place. These ten compliance scores ranged from 57% to 97%. Apple makes particular note in its report of 'core violations', it most type of violation. One set of core violations was in the subcategory Hazardous Substance Management:

"Apple discovered three facilities that had hired noncertified hazardous waste disposal companies. We classified these instances as core violations and required all three facilities to immediately stop shipping waste and to hire certified vendors for all of their hazardous waste disposal. Apple required each facility to engage a third-party consultant and to undergo a thorough review of their systems for managing hazardous substances."
"In addition, Apple required these facilities to perform immediate inspections of their wastewater discharge systems. We also required them to hire an independent environmental professional to conduct an onsite environmental review and implement management systems to prevent future violations. "

Apple's audits and reports give valuable insight into the challenges - ranging from RoHS to child labor - in ensuring that global supply chains produce Green ICT equipment. You can find the 2009 audit results in Apple's Supplier Responsibility 2010 Progress Report.