Apple

Company Score

-0.25
Industry Technology Hardware & Equipment
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1396
Impact Notes 19
SDG Covered 8 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 sells over 200 million iPhones in 2019 - consumes a large amount of rare earth metals

Profile Ankita Chatterjee
Icon time Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 9:07am

Around 2 billion smartphones are upgraded to a new phone every 11 months1. Research says, Americans dump 416,000 cell phones every day that end up in landfills3. Different varieties of smartphones contain 16-17 rare earth materials2, which are difficult to mine and extract1.

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

One billion Apple users became vulnerable to "website hack" breach

Profile Mahima Bajpai
Icon time Mon Aug 31st, 2020 at 4:28pm

With more companies experiencing security breaches, the threat of compromised data is on the rise1. On average, a single data breach costs USD 3.86 million3. In 2019, there were 3,800 publicly disclosed breaches and 4.1 billion records exposed 2. Companies are not prepared for the breaches1.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Apple reduced the plastic used in packaging by 48% between 2016 and 2018

Profile Shubham Bakolia
Icon time Fri Jul 24th, 2020 at 6:12pm

In 2016, around 242 million tons of total plastic waste generated across the world, which is 12% of the complete municipal solid waste (MSW)1. About 1.6 million tons of waste generated in the United States in 20182, one third was from packaging, and more than half was from plastic2.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Apple has increased its total water savings by 5X from the Clean Water Program in 2017 and 2018

Profile Anjali.Nair
Icon time Fri Jul 24th, 2020 at 6:00pm

According to the United Nations, nearly 4 billion people experience extreme water scarcity at least 1 month in a year1. It is estimated that about 700 million people will be displaced by 2030 due to severe water scarcity1.  About a third of the world’s groundwater systems are already stretched to their limits1.

Responsible Consumption and Production

In 2018 Apple diverted 74% of its total waste of 74,000 metric tonnes from landfills

Profile Anjali.Nair
Icon time Fri Jul 24th, 2020 at 1:22pm

In 2016, the world generated 2.01 billion tonnes of solid waste1. According to a report published by Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) and the UN E-Waste Coalition, about 44 million tonnes of electronic waste was generated in 2017 across the globe2. Only about 20% of e-waste is recycled properly and the rest 80% is either dumped into landfills or recycled informally. About 246 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced each year globally6.