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Here's the introduction to his letter: "Upon investigating Appleâ€™s current practices and progress towards these goals, I was surprised to learn that in many cases Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors in these areas. Whatever other improvements we need to make, it is certainly clear that we have failed to communicate the things that we are doing well.
"It is generally not Appleâ€™s policy to trumpet our plans for the future; we tend to talk about the things we have just accomplished. Unfortunately this policy has left our customers, shareholders, employees and the industry in the dark about Appleâ€™s desires and plans to become greener. Our stakeholders deserve and expect more from us, and theyâ€™re right to do so. They want us to be a leader in this area, just as we are in the other areas of our business. So today weâ€™re changing our policy."
The letter then offers details on how Apple plans to remove toxic chemicals in electronic products and recycle it products. Jobs concludes by saying:
"Today is the first time we have openly discussed our plans to become a greener Apple. It will not be the last. We will be providing updates of our efforts and accomplishments at least annually, most likely around this time of the year. And we plan to bring other environmental issues to the table as well, such as the energy efficiency of the products in our industry. We are also beginning to explore the overall carbon â€œfootprintâ€ of our products, and may have some interesting data and issues to share later this year.
"I hope you are as delighted as I was when I first learned how far along Apple actually is in removing toxic chemicals from its products and recycling its older products. We apologize for leaving you in the dark for this long. Apple is already a leader in innovation and engineering, and we are applying these same talents to become an environmental leader. Based on our tangible actions and results over time, hopefully our customers, employees, shareholders and professional colleagues will all feel proud of our ongoing efforts to become a greener Apple."