Apple’s environmental efforts won’t be hit by climate accord withdrawal


Following President Trump’s decision to take the United States
out of the Paris climate agreement, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared
an email with Apple employees.

spoke with Trump ahead of the announcement
, said that his
efforts to persuade Trump to stay in the agreement had
failed. Despite this, Cook noted that it will have no
impact on Apple’s environmental initiatives. Check out the
letter below.


I know many of you share my disappointment with the White
House’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris
climate agreement. I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday
and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S. in the agreement.
But it wasn’t enough.

Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to
fight it. I want to reassure you that today’s developments
will have no impact on Apple’s efforts to protect the
environment. We power nearly all of our operations with
renewable energy, which we believe is an example of something
that’s good for our planet and makes good business sense as

will keep working toward the ambitious goals of a closed-loop
supply chain, and to eventually stop mining new materials
altogether. Of course, we’re going to keep working with our
suppliers to help them do more to power their businesses with
clean energy. And we will keep challenging ourselves to do
even more. Knowing the good work that we and countless others
around the world are doing, there are plenty of reasons to be
optimistic about our planet’s future.

mission has always been to leave the world better than we
found it. We will never waver, because we know that future
generations depend on us.

Your work
is as important today as it has ever been. Thank you for your
commitment to making a difference every single day.


Tim Cook wasn’t the only tech industry leader to ask Trump to
not abandon the climate change treaty. Elon Musk also called
Trump directly, while another 25 companies signed an open
letter which ran in the New York Times and Wall
Street Journal
on Thursday.

“By expanding markets for
innovative clean technologies, the agreement generates jobs and
economic growth,” the open letter said. “U.S. companies are
well positioned to lead in these markets. Withdrawing from the
agreement will limit our access to them and could expose us to
retaliatory measures.”

This isn’t
the first time Tim Cook has clashed with Donald Trump, or
written an open letter to Apple employees sharing his thoughts.

Earlier this year
, Cook criticized Trump’s executive
order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority

He said
that Apple employees were being adversely affected by
the policy, and noted that they could draw on the expertise of
the company’s HR, legal and security teams to help them defend

Given all
the work that Apple has done under Cook to become a more
environmentally-friendly company, it’s no surprise that Trump’s
climate change agreement withdrawal would raise the ire of
Apple’s CEO. Apple was recently named the most
environmentally-friendly tech company
in the world by



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