Apple has been awarded the Green Supply Chain CITI Oustanding Brand title, in recognition of its environmental work in China.
According to a new press release from the Cupertino company, Apple is the first company to win the award, which recognizes Apple’s leadership across its entire supply chain in the region.
“Apple is today the first company to receive the CITI Green Supply Chain Outstanding Brand,” reads the Chinese-language press release. “Apple has consistently ranked first in the IPE Enterprise Information Disclosure Index (CITI) for the past five years, and today’s award recognizes Apple’s environmental leadership across the entire supply chain. As a CITI brand, Apple will continue to maintain a superior supply chain level while further helping to promote environmental management.”
Under Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple has greatly ramped up its environmental efforts. In 2018, Apple became the world’s first major tech company to be powered by 100% renewable energy. Apple has also pushed its suppliers to embrace clean energy.
“We always believe that to create the best products in the world, we must create the products that are most beneficial to the world,” said Apple’s Managing Director of Apple Greater China Ge Yue. “For this reason, we have been committed to promoting the development of smart and sustainable manufacturing.”
Developed by the non-governmental Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the rankings are the result of independent environmental management evaluations of brands across 16 industries.
CITI’s evaluation criteria include: “responsiveness and transparency, compliance and corrective action, extended green supply chain practices, energy conservation and emissions reduction, as well as performance disclosure.” Following Apple include companies like Dell, Levi’s, C&A, Nike, Primark, H&M, Samsung, Inditex, and Target.
Apple highlights the fact that its clean water project in China has made it possible for its suppliers to save more than 25 billion gallons of water. And speaking of partners, Apple says that 40 percent of its manufacturing partners have already committed to manufacturing products with clean energy.
“Last year, Apple announced that all of its operations have achieved 100% renewable energy. More than 40% of Apple manufacturing partners are now committed to producing Apple products with 100% clean energy,” reads the press release.” It is expected that by the end of next year, Apple and its suppliers will have a total of 6 GW of renewable energy in use worldwide.”