In the world of tech, one of the most famous brands on the planet is an Apple supplier, but its CEO is also an executive in China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The story of Steve Jobs is part of a global trend: As the country’s economic fortunes and political stability improve, tech companies are increasingly turning their attention to the environment.
This month, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced plans to invest $100 million in an organization called the World Resources Institute, a venture-capital firm that will invest in environmental projects around the world.
The World Resources Center will “invest in developing the technologies that will enable us to tackle the biggest challenges in the global energy and environmental arena,” Cook said.
“The goal of this initiative is to bring together leading innovators and experts in the world to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.”
In addition to Apple, the World Resource Institute will work with Chinese companies such as Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent-backed Cloud Computing Technology.
“We have been in the business of making technology better for people for a long time,” Cook told the Washington Post.
“It’s no different now than it was 10 years ago.
And we want to continue to do that.”