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  • Title
    VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives
  • Affiliation
    Apple
  • Age
    59
  • 2020 Rank
    35

Apple pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030, which means reducing 75% of emissions generated from its products and supply chain within the next decade. While critics still contend Apple’s products directly result in environmental damage, under Jackson’s leadership the tech giant reported a 10% drop in its carbon footprint from 2019 to the end of 2020. Jackson took charge of a new $200 million Restore Fund in April, which aims to invest in forestry projects that remove at least 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, while earning a profit for investors. She also helped drive Apple’s ability to ship all newly released iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and MacBooks with 90% fiber packaging in fiscal year 2020 in an effort to close in on the company’s commitment to eliminate all plastics from product packaging by 2025. As part of Apple’s social impact initiatives, Jackson helped the company create the Atlanta-based Propel Center, a first-of-its-kind physical and virtual campus that will serve as a hub for historically Black colleges and universities.

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