Apple Will Team Up With Environmental Group To Audit Chinese Supply Chain For Pollution

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Pollution is a big issue in China, but Apple is doing its bit to help.
Pollution is a big issue in China, but Apple is doing its bit to help.

Apple is set to expand its environmental concern by teaming up with China’s Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs to audit its Chinese supply chain for pollution. Joint investigations are expected to start “in the next few weeks,” according to one report, with “a maker of printed circuit boards” the first of Apple’s suppliers to enter the spotlight.

Apple Suppliers Accused Of Poisoning China And Other Developing Countries

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Smog over Beijing (Photo by kevindooley - http://flic.kr/p/A8nn7)
Smog over Beijing (Photo by kevindooley - http://flic.kr/p/A8nn7)

Chinese environmental activists are threatening to tarnish Apple’s image unless the tech giant reduces the amount of pollution coming from suppliers in this populous country. Five non-governmental organizations Wednesday released a report charging Apple uses suppliers which take “advantage of the loopholes in developing countries’ environmental management systems.”