Apple received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for environmental reporting in 2015. Whilst the information in the report covered Apple's main environmental impacts, including conflict minerals, there were no future dated, quantified targets for improvements in its environmental performance.
The environment section of Apple's website was viewed in August 2015, along with its latest Environmental Responsibility Report, dated 2014. Both included sections on the company's main environmental impacts - climate change, waste, toxics and water.
The company reported that its target was to use 100% renewable electricity at all Apple facilities. In 2014 all energy used by its US operations was powered by renewables.
All its products were BFR, lead, mercury and arsenic free. All its products had PVC and phthalate free power cables however in some countries power cords still contained PVC (India and Republic of Korea). It said that in 2014 every Apple store worldwide took back Apple products for recycling.
There was third party verification by Bureau Veritas (BV) but only for carbon emissions reporting.