“Since taking over from Steve Jobs as CEO, one of the things Tim Cook has brought to Apple is a greater push to address social problems,” Blair Hanley Frank reports for IDG News Service.

“On Tuesday at the Boxworks conference in San Francisco, Cook said he wants other companies to do the same,” Frank reports. “‘I think business has a very important responsibility to society,’ he said. ‘And that responsibility has grown markedly in the last couple of decades or so, as government has found it more difficult to move forward or get as much done that would please the people.'”

“Cook said the company’s U.S. operations are running entirely on renewable energy, and Apple is now focused on getting its supply chain to the same point — though that could be a challenge given the scale of its factory operations in China,” Frank reports. “Cook has also been an advocate for providing equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, especially after coming out as gay almost a year ago.”

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