Apple's Board Denies Call for Green Reforms
The board of Apple has opposed two shareholder petitions calling on the company to introduce green measures. Environmental group As You Sow is planning to petition at the company's upcoming annual stockholder meeting on behalf of a group of Apple shareholders, calling on the company to prepare annual sustainability reports starting July 2010 as well as to form a specific board-level committee to address sustainability issues. The sustainability report should include details on how the company will "reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address other environmental and social impacts such as toxics, recycling and employee and product safety". Apple feels that it is already taking adequate measures to report on its environmental performance with sustainability information on its website. This refusal to implement a sustainability report has angered many green groups over the last year, regardless of praise for Apple's increased energy efficiency of its products and commitment to phase out toxic chemicals. Sounds like Apple is refusing increased accountability for its sustainability 'promises.' We'll see what the next board meeting brings forth.