Apple named China's greenest supply chain

By James Henderson
Apple has been named as China’s greenest supply chain, followed by fellow tech giant Dell, and apparel specialist Levi’s. The ranking comes from en...

Apple has been named as China’s greenest supply chain, followed by fellow tech giant Dell, and apparel specialist Levi’s.

The ranking comes from environmentally-focused Chinese NGO the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), which reports on efforts in reducing the environmental impact of our supply chain in China.

It has released findings from its index rating the performance of around 250 brands across 14 industries in terms of how they manage environmental performance in their supply chain in China.

The index takes into account a number of factors, including ‘Responsiveness and Transparency’, ‘Compliance and Corrective Actions’, and ‘Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction’.

In its score out of 100, Apple received a leading result of 82.5, with Dell receiving a score of 81.

Levi’s was the highest rated company from the textiles industry, receiving a score of 76.5.

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In a statement, Levi’s said it was: “Laser-focused on increasing transparency and environmental management performance throughout our entire supply chain.

“That approach has paid off – we’re proud to share that we achieved the top ranking in the textile industry from the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) for our efforts in reducing the environmental impact of our supply chain in China.”

Its Managing Director of Greater China, Nic Versloot, commented: “It is a great honour to receive the top ranking in the textile industry from IPE this year. The consistent progress the company has made over these past three years is a testament to the great work of our sustainability team.

“We remain committed to the goal of becoming the most sustainable apparel company in China.”

The top 10 green supply chains in China in full were:

  • Apple
  • Dell
  • Levi’s
  • Esquel Group    
  • Adidas
  • M&S
  • Foxconn
  • Gap
  • Samsung
  • Puma
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