Apple wins inaugural Green Supply Chain CITI award for Chinese environmental efforts

in General Discussion edited October 2019
The Green Supply Chain Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), curated by non-governmental agency Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), on Thursday named Apple the first recipient of its Outstanding Brand award for superior supply chain management and environmental awareness.

China Wind Farm
The Concord Jingtang Wind Farm in Hunan Province is part of Apple's Clean Energy Fund. | Source: Apple

Announced in a post to Apple's Chinese website, the award recognizes contributions to green supply chain efforts in China. For the past five years, Apple ranked first on the IPE's CITI list, which is detailed in an annual report covering environmental supply chain management.

"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 Ge Yue, Managing Director of Apple Greater China. "For this reason, we have been committed to promoting the development of smart and sustainable manufacturing. I am very grateful to Director Ma Jun and IPE for their cooperation with us. We believe that through our joint efforts, we will be able to achieve greater achievements in protecting the Earth and its important resources." (Machine translation)

Apple is expected to assist with green efforts beyond its own supply chain, including plans to share best practices with other industry players.

Among the projects lauded by IPE are Apple's exemplary water management, energy efficiency improvements and clean energy initiatives. The company regularly audits its supply chain with an eye on a variety of metrics, from material sourcing to energy usage and industrial waste.

With major manufacturing partners Foxconn, Pegatron, Quanta and others operating a bulk of operations out of China, Apple's reach in the region is considerable. As such, the tech giant's supply chain strategies greatly impact local ecosystems and represent a touchstone for smaller companies.

Apple's clean water program, for example, now includes 76 suppliers and helped saved more than 25 billion gallons of water since 2013. The company is looking to expand to water management through collaborations with an international alliance, other manufacturers, local communities and governments agencies.

As part of a global effort to rely solely on renewable energy, more than 40% of Apple's manufacturing partners have committed to using clean energy to produce its products. One pillar of that initiative is the $300 million Clean Energy Fund, a four-year plan that seeks to generate more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy through multiple solar and wind farm projects. In September, it was announced that the fund's first project -- a trio of wind farms -- was completed, delivering 134 megawatts to China's national grid.

Apple in its release also mentions an energy efficiency program, adopted by 67 suppliers, that in 2018 reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions by 466,000 tons.


  • Reply 1 of 4
    Go green!
  • Reply 2 of 4
    Excellent proof of corporate responsibility and of “if you really want it, it can be done”. Obviously, this requires corporate values and a mission that goes deeper than the cover of a shiny brochure. 

  • Reply 3 of 4
    FatmanFatman Posts: 513member
    This is great news for the world. I bet the Chinese would also appreciate being able to once again see what a blue sky looks like in their major cities.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    The most compelling piece of Apple's efforts in this arena is its co-investment in over 4 gigawatts -- the equivalent of five nuclear power plants of 1GW capacity running at 80% efficiency, if you want to contemplate the scale of this -- on renewable energy for its global supply chain, by end-2020 

    And, even before the end of 2019, Apple is substantially on its way there, according to its recent environmental report (p. 7): According to Apple, "44 Apple suppliers have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100% renewable energy. With these pledges, we are on track to far exceed our 2020 goal to bring 4 gigawatts of new clean energy into our supply chain." Included in that list of 44, btw, is Foxconn, Apple's largest supplier.

    This is impressive stuff.
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