Apple unveils new commitments to mark 40 years presence in Australia

By Ayushi Garg  | Date: August 13, 2022

Apple unveils new commitments to mark 40 years presence in Australia

Tech giant Apple Inc. has reportedly announced new initiatives in Australia for protecting the local environment and creating opportunities to celebrate 40 years in the country.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said that the company is proud to be celebrating its long history in the country and strengthening its shared commitments towards protecting the planet and creating opportunities for people.

These commitments include projects for developing new sources of renewable energy, partnering with Indigenous-led nonprofits, and extending coding education programs.

The iPhone maker has recently bought clean energy from a wind farm in Queensland for providing the energy to power and use its products. This investment is a part of Apple’s goal to become carbon neutral across all its businesses, product life cycle, and manufacturing supply chain by 2030.

Lisa Jackson, VP, Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, Apple, stated that the firm has accelerated its requirement of making sure that its products leave a net-zero climate footprint throughout their life cycle.

With Apple’s investment in the wind farm, which will begin operations in 2026, Australia’s renewable energy transition will be supported and provide enough energy to power 80,000 homes.

The firm also announced an expanded partnership with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and RMIT University in Melbourne to make coding education accessible to more students in Australia.

The program will include Apple’s training programs and coding resources for learners across the country and help them prepare for jobs in the app economy. Apple will be launching two Apple Foundation Programs with RMIT and UTS and offer four-week courses, for which enrollment will begin by late this year, with the courses commencing from next year.

The Cupertino-based firm will also extend its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) in Australia to back initiatives and community nonprofits that support Indigenous communities.

Under REJI, Apple launched an Impact Accelerator for supporting opportunity and equity in the environmental sector, supporting nonprofits advocating for environmental and criminal justice, offering VC funding for entrepreneurs of color, and more.

It has been reported that Apple will also be funding various Indigenous-led organizations, such as First Australians Capital, ID. Know Yourself, Deadly Connections, Original Power, and Art Gallery of NSW.

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