Apple will participate in a jointly monitored audit with the China-based Institute of Public and Environment Affairs to look into the pollution controls implemented by one of its supply partner's factories in China.
The Financial Times reported on Sunday that the iPad maker appears to be taking more interest in addressing environmental concerns in its supply chain after it agreed to subject its partner — a maker of printed circuit boards — to an inspection of the latter's operations in the "next few weeks".
Ma Jun, an IPE director, told the newspaper that Apple's agreeing to the audit was representative of an attitude change within the organisation, which began in September 2011 after another IPE report showed pollution discharges were "expanding and spreading in Apple's supply chain".
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