InfluenceMap Score
Performance Band
Organisation Score
Relationship Score
Information Technology
Cupertino, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
iphone, ipod, mac, ipad
Official Web Site:

Apple appears to support action on climate change and is positively engaged with a number of climate change policy areas. The company communicates a clear position on climate change science and appears to support a correspondingly urgent response. In particular, CEO Tim Cook has been vocal and active in communicating the need to act, as well as emphasizing the positive economic case for doing so. He has told climate change sceptic investors to sell Apple’s stocks if they do not share his climate commitments. Apple has become involved in a number of business initiatives building momentum towards climate action. The company appears to particularly support renewable energy legislation and the transition of the energy mix. In 2015 it opposed legislation that threatened commitments to renewable energy in North Carolina, stating to law makers that such clean energy policies “made North Carolina particularly attractive to their businesses.” Despite not communicating clearly on some climate change policies like carbon taxes or carbon trading, Apple has demonstrated support for U.S. EPA's efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions by quitting the U.S Chamber of Commerce in 2009 in reaction to the association’s comments against the EPA. In 2016, Apple directly defended the EPA's Clean Power Plan by intervening in a legal case bought against it. The company has also supported US climate legislation through its leadership positions within groups like Advanced Energy Economy that have supported an increased role for renewable sources and a phase out of high GHG emitting energy sources.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 1 NS NS NS 2 2 NA
Climate Science Stance NS 1 NA 1 NS 2 2 NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NS NS 2 NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support NS 1 2 NS 2 2 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation -2 NA 1 NA NA NA NS 2
Emissions Trading NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS 2 NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS 2 2 2 2 NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix NS 1 NS 2 2 2 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards NS NS NS 2 2 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS 2 NA NA NA NS 1
Strength of Relationship

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.