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What you need to know

  • Alisha Johnson, program lead for its racial equity and justice initiative, sat down for an interview with Cheddar.
  • The Apple executive talked about the company's new Impact Accelerator that focuses on climate change.
  • The new program features 15 Black and Brown-owned businesses.

Earlier this week, Apple announced that it had selected 15 Black and Brown-owned businesses for a "first-of-its-kind Impact Accelerator" focused on combating climate change. To talk more about the purpose of the program, Apple's Alisha Johnson, program lead for its racial equity and justice initiative, sat down for an interview with Cheddar.

Johnson says that the program is focused on climate change because "it's a challenge that requires everybody to come to the table."

"It's a challenge that requires everybody to come to the table," she said. "So, I think you can't have too many cooks in this kitchen. You can't have too many people bring solutions and ideas, and because it's a top priority for Apple — because it's a top priority for so many leaders — we knew this was a space we needed to engage immediately."

You can watch the full interview below:

Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, said that the businesses that are part of the program are expanded to expand their effect on protecting "the planet and our communities."

"We are thrilled to welcome our first Impact Accelerator class, and look forward to seeing how these innovative businesses will expand their work to protect the planet and our communities. On our journey to our 2030 carbon neutral goal for our supply chain and products, we're determined to help create a greener and more equitable future for all people. The businesses we're partnering with today are poised to become tomorrow's diverse and innovative industry leaders, creating ripples of change to help communities everywhere adapt to the urgent challenges posed by climate change."