Reporting the most profitable quarter for any corporation ever, Apple has plotted a roadmap to achieving climate neutrality by 2030. Lisa Jackson is the driving force behind that mission.
Growing up in 70s New Orleans, a US hotspot for petrochemical facilities, Lisa Jackson witnessed first-hand the adverse effects of pollution and the disparity it brings to different communities. Today, as the Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives at Apple, she is determined to push bold new strategies for carbon neutrality and environmental justice.
Having reported the most profitable quarter of any corporation ever last January – a cool $22bn – it’s safe to assert that having Apple join the fight against climate change is a pretty huge deal. First on the agenda for the tech mecca, is ensuring that all internal operations are completely carbon neutral by 2030, and that all suppliers are using renewable energy only. Apple currently offsets carbon emissions it ‘can’t avoid’ through investing in nature-based solutions like mangrove restoration and regenerative agriculture, insisting that the energy we use to charge our Apple devices is being taking into account and will be balanced by weighty investment into carbon clean-up initiatives in the coming years.
What makes Jackson unique in her approach to tackling environmental issues is her emphasis on people and politics. Throughout a four-year term as President Obama’s administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, where she fought for clean-energy solutions often speaking out against America’s dependency on oil, Jackson found that her greatest satisfaction came from making a mark in the ‘racial equity and justice space,’ as opposed to the usual corporate emphasis on supply chains and sales.
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— Susan Li (@SusanLiTV) July 21, 2020