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In addition to the Apple Supplier Code of Conduct, the document on Ethics presents the following statements on environmental health and safety.13Apple will: box4Comply with applicable environmental, health, and safety laws and regulations in those countries in which they do business; box4Adopt their own corporate standards for protection of human health and the environment box4Provide a safe work environment by integrating a comprehensive program of safety training an evaluation. box4Strive to anticipate future environmental, health, and safety risks and regulatory requirements, and have a proactive approach to dealing with them whenever appropriate. Apple has adopted the precautionary approach and claims that throughout the complete production process, from design through manufacturing, use and recycling, it ensures that its products and activities are environmentally sound. It focuses on four areas: product design, manufacturing, energy efficiency and recycling. Since 2001 all Apple computers and displays have earned the Energy Star Rating. Apple states that their manufacturing sites are certified to the ISO 14001 standard. As noted on : ’Apple’s manufacturing site is certified to the ISO 14001 standard, which helps companies manage environmental impacts in an integrated, systematic way’. It is however not clear which manufacturing sites have obtained certification. Apple claims that all its products are RhoS compliant. [More info on environment available on site].The environmental performances of Apple according to Greenpeace According to Greenpeace14, for a company that claims to lead on product design, Apple scores badly on almost all criteria. The company fails to embrace the precautionary principle, withholds its 13Apple, “Ethics: the way we do business worldwide”, p. 9. 14
Apple – CSR Company Profile 11full list of regulated substances and provides no timelines for eliminating toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and no commitment to phasing out all uses of brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Apple performs poorly on product take back and recycling, with the exception of reporting on the amounts of its electronic waste recycled. Apple reports on amounts recycled based on weight and not percentage of sales. On the positive side, Apple acknowledges importance of responsible recycling i.e. no export of collected e-waste and bans recovery of plastics in smelters. In their response to the draft company profile Apple claims that they have ‘a precautionary approach toward substances, taking into account customer feedback, new legislation, guidance from non-governmental organizations, recyclers, and our own internal assessments. This rigorous review process ensures that we meet the requirements of consumers and regulators in all countries where our products are sold, with no regional variances. Apple’s environmental web site provides

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