In August 2018, Ethical Consumer sent Apple a questionnaire. No response was received. Ethical Consumer searched the company's website for information on its environmental reporting. The latest Environmental Progress Report was found, dated 2018.
The report included information on climate change, waste, resources, energy, toxics and water. The company was thus felt to have a reasonable understanding of its environmental impacts.
The report only contained one quantified future target:
"Apple and our suppliers will generate and procure more than 4 gigawatts of new clean power worldwide by 2020"
There was third party verification of environmental data by Bureau Veritas (BV) and of product related carbon footprint data by Fraunhofer.
Whilst the information in the report covered Apple's main environmental impacts the lack of two future dated, quantified targets meant that Apple received Ethical Consumer's worst rating in this category.
Environmental progress report 2018 (14 August 2018)