Apple CEO Tim Cook responding to the to the National Center for Public Policy Research's Justin Danhof's shareholder proposal demanding that Apple disclose the costs of its sustainability programs:
Mr. Cook didn't directly answer that question (ed: on whether Apple's benefits from green energy are due to govt. subsidies), but instead focused on the second question: the NCPPR representative asked Mr. Cook to commit right then and there to doing only those things that were profitable.
What ensued was the only time I can recall seeing Tim Cook angry, and he categorically rejected the worldview behind the NCPPR's advocacy. He said thagt there are many things Apple does because they are right and just, and that a return on investment (ROI) was not the primary consideration on such issues.
“When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind,” he said, “I don't consider the bloody ROI.” He said that the same thing about environmental issues, worker safety, and other areas where Apple is a leader.
That's the CEO of the most valuable company in the world giving Ayn Rand the finger during a shareholder meeting.