Apple

Company Score

-1.22
Industry Technology Hardware & Equipment
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1710
Impact Notes 28
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 countinues to procure cobalt in Congo by companies linked to child labor

Profile Filip Stojanovski
Icon time Thu Feb 18th, 2021 at 3:05pm

Compared to any other region globally, Africa has a share twice as large of child labor involvement, accounting for one-fifth of all African children1. The portion of children involved in hazardous work makes up 9% of this young population, reaching 31.5 million1.

Reduced Inequalities

Apple emphasises cherry-picked statistics, but 65% of executive jobs are occupied by white males

Profile Eva Lota
Icon time Thu Feb 11th, 2021 at 8:48pm

The global estimated gender pay gap is 23%5. In the USA, the gap is most severe for women of color5.  For every dollar paid to a white, non-Hispanic male, Latinas are paid 55 cents, Black women 63 cents, and White, non-Hispanic women 79 cents6. The gap between a Latina and white male yearly represents the cost of tuition and fees for a two-year college and 38 months of child care6. This impacts women's financial and psychological wellbeing. They are 2.5 times more at risk for depression and four times more at risk for anxiety than their male counterparts with the same education and experience10

Affordable and Clean Energy

Apple consumed 2,877,600 MWh of energy with just 0.08% share of renewable energy

Profile Arpan Arora
Icon time Mon Feb 1st, 2021 at 12:12pm

Approximately 85% of energy generation, on a global level, comes from non-renewable sources like oil, natural gases, and coal1. The use of fossil fuels is one of the biggest reasons for high levels of GHGs in our atmosphere2According to a report, global non-renewable energy consumption stood at 7 Bn MWh in 20198.

Quality Education

Apple donated $100 million for teaching and learning solutions to 114 American schools

Profile Arpan Arora
Icon time Mon Jan 25th, 2021 at 8:10am

In 2019, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimated that 3.6 billion people or almost 50% of the population of the world didn’t have access to the internet1. Globally, only 61% of schools have access to Internet2. Around 40% of the schools in the US didn’t have access to the Internet in 20193.

Decent work and Economic Growth

Apple is trying to water down the "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act" to its benefit

Profile Arpan Arora
Icon time Tue Jan 19th, 2021 at 1:40pm

According to the International Labour Organization, 25 million people, fall under the forced labor category1;p5. Close to 4.1 million people are victims of state-imposed forced labor1;p11. The Trafficking in Persons Report 2020 placed China in the category for extremely forced labor conditions2.