Apple has persuaded 15 more of its suppliers, including Foxconn and TSMC, to make Apple products using 100% clean energy. The additions bring the total number of providers in the program to 44. Apple says it now expects to exceed its goal of using four gigawatts of renewable energy in its supply chain by 2020 for an additional gigawatt.
In April of last year, Apple announced that its facilities are now fully powered by renewable energy, and in October the company added that it had achieved the same goal for its retail stores. But, as it points out CNBC Apple's facilities only represent a little more than a quarter of its carbon footprint. The other 74 percent comes from its factory partners.
Today's announcement says that these suppliers have committed to the renewable objective, not that they have already achieved it. Speaking to Reuters the vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives of Apple, Lisa Jackson, declined to comment on whether Apple would ignore suppliers such as Foxconn and TSMC if they did not comply with these commitments.
"It took them a while to get on board, so we think that now that they have done it, they are totally committed to doing it … and obviously if they fall at work, we will be there in pursuit. it will happen, but I hope it never will. "
Apple's environmental objectives have proved to be points of contention for some Apple investors, and in 2014, for example, an Apple shareholder expressed concern over the company's environmental initiatives , objecting to "affiliations that may primarily promote social or environmental causes instead of promoting shareholder value." Concerns were rejected by the company's shareholders as a whole, and Tim Cook said "you should get out of this action" if they expected him to be motivated solely by money.
Earlier this year, Apple said in a presentation that he believes that climate change represents to a risk for your business operations.