Leaders from 16 minority-owned firms have been chosen to receive training and mentorship from Apple as part of a larger initiative aimed at “building a greener world.”
Apple has revealed a second cohort of businesses whose CEOs will take part in the three-month training programme, one year after its initial Impact Accelerator.
“The fight to address climate change demands that we band together to develop cutting-edge solutions while empowering and uplifting the communities we’re working to protect,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, said in a statement. We are excited to deepen our commitment to working with partners across the nation to ensure that environmental progress and equity go hand in hand.” With the assistance of our Impact Accelerator, this dynamic group of innovators will be able to take their important work to the next level.”
Three months of specialized training will be provided to the company’s executives and their teams. What they discover will give them “the information and skills needed,” including access to Apple professionals and mentors, to become a successful Apple supplier.
Each of the 16 businesses will “be considered for business opportunities with Apple” after the program is over. Apple claims that several of the 15 companies from its initial Impact Accelerator program are now a part of the company’s supply chain.
The businesses are spread out across the US, with four located in California and two each in Georgia and Texas. These include Solena Ag, a company that removes carbon, and Aquagenuity, an Atlanta company that deals with water pollution.
The Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, which most recently launched new energy programs in Australia, includes Apple’s Impact Accelerator program.