Apple

Company Score

-0.38
Industry Technology Hardware & Equipment
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 478
Impact Notes 11
SDG Covered 6 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

Decent work and Economic Growth

Apple again involved in child labor scandal after 6 children die and 8 others are seriously injured in the DRC

Profile Diane
Icon time Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 7:25am

According to the International Labour Organization, 218 million children aged between 5 and 17 years are in employment around the world. Around 73 million children are working in hazardous fields like mining 1. The mining industry infamous for the high number of child labor that leads to several serious injuries and health consequences.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Apple increases rare earth elements (REE) recycling to reduce mining, improve environmental impact and ease trade tensions pressure.

Profile CarloAlb
Icon time Mon Nov 25th, 2019 at 12:06pm

Almost all technological products we use on a daily basis contain a group of minerals known as rare earth elements (REE), present in remote regions and complex to mine and purify. As an example, a generic smartphone uses about 16 REE coming from different parts of the world. Mining activity, manufacture and recycling have a bad environmental impact and it is urgent for big tech companies to address these issues. Yet, currently, only 1% of REE are recycled [1].

Responsible Consumption and Production

Apple developed a recycling program, which contributes to a more responsible consumption and production process

Profile Noé
Icon time Mon Nov 4th, 2019 at 4:58pm

Disposal of electronic devices is a major challenge regarding responsible consumption and production. As a matter of fact, modern smartphones are made out of several materials which can produce toxic substances which endanger the environment and the human health. Due to the technological progress and obsolescence, the average life cycle of a smartphone is only two years. As a result, 41 million tons of electronic waste (e-waste) is generated each year. [1][2]

Gender Equality

Apple's impact on Inclusion and diversity

Profile ydaneva
Icon time Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 3:23pm

Despite multiple advancements at the work place, including technical innovations, healthcare provision and health and safety policies, the issue of gender and racial diversity at the workplace still persists today even in developed countries. The issue is especially present within the sphere of tech companies.

Climate Action

The truth behind Apple’s move towards 100% Renewable Energy

Profile Srudhi
Icon time Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 6:53am

Alternative and eco-friendly energies are always welcome. The renewable energy, generates millions of new jobs, brings significant welfare gains in the form of health benefits of fresh air, water as well as increase in energy independence and economic growth.