Apple Inc. agreed February 21 to allow two independent groups, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, to review environmental audits of two facilities in China. The review could lead to a process for providing increased transparency about environmental issues in company supply chains without disclosing confidential business information. According to Apple’s January Supplier Responsibility 2012 Progress Report, the company performed in-depth environmental audits of 14 facilities last year, in additional to 188 standard audits that assess facilities’ management of hazardous waste, wastewater and stormwater, air emissions, and solid waste.