Long criticized for its lack of commitment to sustainability—from supporting the dangerous mining of precious resources and exploiting factory workers to powering its data centers with energy derived from coal and not taking back products for recycling—Apple has really worked on turning things around over the past couple of years.
Environmental issues, from headline-grabbing environmental catastrophes to protracted conflicts with governmental authorities, can impair a company’s reputation. Such reputational issues can threaten a company’s relationship with regulators, customers, employees, interest groups and the general public. Because it can take many years to repair a damaged environmental reputation, it is critical for any company to manage its environmental reputational risk.
This coming April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities. “As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever,” reports Earth Day Network.
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