Apple

Company Score

-1.27
Industry Technology Hardware & Equipment
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1939
Impact Notes 33
SDG Covered 11 out of 17

Apple Inc. design, develop and sell consumer electronics, software and online services all over the world. It is an American multinational technology company headquartered in California.

Apple are the world's largest technology company by revenue and one of the world's most valuable companies. Iconic hardware products include the iPhone, the iPad, the Mac and the Apple Watch. Apple's software includes the macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, amongst a plethora of other services like the Apple Store, Genius Bar, AppleCare and Apple Pay. Apple became the first public U.S. company to be valued at over $1 trillion and it employs 137,000 full-time employees as of 2019. In January 2019, CEO Tim Cook announced that there were 1.4 billion Apple products actively in use worldwide.

Read about Apple and its impact below.

Impact notes

Responsible Consumption and Production

Apple encourages waste generation by discouraging consumers to get cheaper third-party repairs

Profile Khadija Rahman
Icon time Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 12:23pm

Over 536 Mn tonnes of e-waste was generated globally in 201910. This amount has gone up by 21% in 5 years, wherein only 17% of waste has been recycled10. Over 151.8 Mn cell phones are discarded each year2.

Good Health and Well-being

Mining for cobalt used in Apple device batteries causes health hazards in the Congo

Profile Ligia M
Icon time Tue Mar 30th, 2021 at 9:15am

Around 2.6 million people are reported to have life expectancy shortened by at least 1 year due to air pollution or lack of access to a safe water source in Congo DRC1. Mining and mineral processing are some of the main causes behind environmental pollution (air, land and water) which lead to an increased risk of disease and cause around 43,000 deaths annually in DRC Congo1

Responsible Consumption and Production

Apple is missing an e-waste recycling process for 300Mn AirPods sold since launch date in 2016

Profile FedeNizzi
Icon time Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 5:44pm

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Apple boasts that it respects user privacy but fails to do so in reality

Profile Meenakshi Narayanan
Icon time Tue Mar 16th, 2021 at 4:23pm

Around 3.8 billion people in the world use smartphones, accounting for 48.4 % of the global population1. About 27% of the global population uses an AI virtual assistant2. These devices pose a threat to an individual’s privacy3. Smartphone cameras can be turned into spy cameras, and microphones can be used for eavesdropping3Even virtual assistants are not safe, as 50% of the US users feel that their privacy is at risk as these devices record the voices4.

Decent work and Economic Growth

Apple supports 2.7 million jobs across the U.S.

Profile Meenakshi Narayanan
Icon time Mon Mar 15th, 2021 at 7:55am

The U.S. has a labor force of 160.1 million (mn)1. During the start of the pandemic-related lockdowns (April 2020), the unemployment rate has shot up to 14.3%2. In 2021, the unemployment rate came down to 6.3%2. Job creation is a primary force of economic growth3. It stabilizes the economy, brings down unemployment rates, and reduces crime rates as well3. Technology is one the fastest growing sector and one of the topmost job-creating sectors in the U.S.4. Employment in the I.T. sector will grow by 11% during 2019-20294.