The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is preparing to audit its Chinese supply chain for pollution and will begin joint investigations with a local environmental group in the next few weeks. The publication states that Apple’s one of the partners is set to be inspected by the company and the China-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) as it looks to bring environmental issues in front of all.
The founder of the IPE, told USA Today that the firm had commissioned independent environmental reviews of at least two of its partner’s factories in China as that is the first time the news was broke in February for the planned audit. Although now what it seems to be is that Apple move a step further and having a level of involvement in proceedings. There are no details of any more than the one factory visit.
“One Apple vice-president said that transparency was needed and I felt that was the moment they decided they wanted to change the way they were doing things,” he told the Financial Times. “But it’s now become about validation, we keep telling them that you can’t just say that everything’s fine – we need proof.”