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Dell, Google, Others Join New Electronics Partnership to Develop Circular Economy

Dell, Google, Others Join New Electronics Partnership to Develop Circular Economy | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Top electronics companies, along with a slew of global organizations, have joined together to launch the Circular Electronics Partnership with a goal of developing a circular economy for electronics by 2030. The companies — including Cisco, Dell, Google, KPMG International, and others — represent nearly $6 trillion total market cap.

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HP wants half of suppliers to join ethical programme

HP has unveiled a new assessment, resource and training programme for suppliers aimed at driving sustainability across its supply chain.

The HP Amplify Impact programme has been set up to promote the company’s goal of becoming the most sustainable technology firm by 2030.

The programme’s three pillars include: planet, which focuses on climate change; people, which emphasises human rights and social justice; and community, which aims to bridge the digital divide between those with access and those who do not have it.

HP said “partners” who pledge to join the programme “will work with HP to assess their own practices while tapping into the company’s extensive investments and initiatives”.

The company aims for half of its suppliers to enrol in the voluntary programme by 2025.
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Huawei is firmly committed to the European Green Deal

Huawei is firmly committed to the European Green Deal | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
The European Commission has set an ambitious objective for the European Union, to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, and Huawei is firmly committed to the Green Deal, writes Jorge Vega Sanchez, of the public affairs and communications department, Western Europe at Huawei Technologies.

The European Green Deal is an action plan that would allow the EU to become a global green leader and improve global environmental standards. However, to fulfil this aim, the EU will need not only to invest in environmentally-friendly technologies, but also to count on Europe-based key technology companies, such as Huawei.
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How Samsung is Shaping a Sustainable Future with Responsible Innovations

How Samsung is Shaping a Sustainable Future with Responsible Innovations | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Samsung is committed to achieving a greener future by improving our sustainability and reducing our environmental and carbon footprint. As such, we have made significant investments to minimize the ecological impact of our operations, accelerate the design and development of green technology, apply circular economy principles, and guide consumers in making socially conscious decisions. Recently, at First Look 2021, CES 2021 and Galaxy UNPACKED 2021 we unveiled several purposeful innovations meant to create a positive long-term impact on our planet.
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A circular economy could end waste – at the cost of our privacy

A circular economy could end waste – at the cost of our privacy | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
To make this process profitable, the manufacturers of complex items such as vehicles are likely to use advanced internet-based data systems that can track components and products throughout their life cycles, from source to final use. That means that the companies best suited to helping introduce a circular economic model are the big tech firms that already use similar online data technology, such as Microsoft, Amazon and Google.

And that will inevitably create concerns about the implications on data privacy and security. Further sacrificing our privacy might be the price we have to pay to achieve a waste-free economic model. Or to put it another way, data protection may ultimately become a barrier to a circular economy.
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The Electronics Supply Chain Faces Ongoing Challenges

The Electronics Supply Chain Faces Ongoing Challenges | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
The electronics supply chain faces more challenges than usual, so companies are reassessing all aspects of their business to maintain resilience. Supply chain partners can reduce these difficulties through strategic planning.
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Defra publishes Greening Government ICT strategy

Defra publishes Greening Government ICT strategy | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Covering the period 2020-25, the strategy is based on the perception that, while ICT is often championed as a means to supporting environmental sustainability, it can also contribute to the problem and needs a careful approach to ensure that government’s use of digital technology does not undermine greening efforts.

It is aimed at meeting five of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – sustainable energy for all, resilient infrastructure, sustainable consumption and production, climate adaptation and partnerships with the technology sector – and at producing five outcomes – reduced carbon and cost, increased resilience, increased responsibility for doing the right thing, increased transparency and collaboration, and increased accountability.

A central element is the listing of three business rules, developed with the technology industry, to be applied to all ICT procurements and reported on annually.

The first is to work towards meeting net zero emission targets by 2050 or sooner, with suppliers required to commit to the target and follow up with roadmaps and action plans. Second is support the circular economy, aiming for zero waste to landfill and an increase in the use of recycled and refurbished ICT kit by 2025.
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Nokia CEO commits to global cooperation pledge

Nokia CEO commits to global cooperation pledge | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Recently appointed Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark signed a United Nations (UN) pledge for renewed international cooperation, a move set to boost the vendor’s efforts in creating technology to solve societal issues.

In a statement, Lundmark noted the role of global cooperation was crucial for solving “big challenges, such as Covid-19 and climate change” and the company believed in “a multilateral system where businesses, governments, organisations and individuals all work together” towards creating a more sustainable future.

The signed statement, United in the Business of a Better World, brings together more than 1,000 global CEOs to mobilise international cooperation in times of unprecedented disruption and global transformation.

As part of the pledge, CEOs commit to ethical leadership, invest in addressing inequalities and injustice, respect human rights and promote equality.

Nokia outlined some of its sustainability efforts so far included radio networks supporting 6.4 billion global subscriptions in 2019, and cooperation agreements for improved connectivity in 16 emerging countries and territories in Africa, Asia, South America, Oceania and the Caribbean.

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Government boots up sustainable ICT strategy with new net zero obligation for suppliers

Government boots up sustainable ICT strategy with new net zero obligation for suppliers | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Latest Greening Government strategy points to demanding new sustainable procurement rules for IT suppliers

The government has this week unveiled a new strategy for reducing the environmental impact of its digital activities over the next five years, in a bid to meet its Greening Government Commitments and ensure that all its IT supplier have credible net zero emissions strategies in place.

In the policy paper, titled Greening the government: ICT and digital services strategy, the government pledges to ensure its "digital infrastructure and associated supply chains are rationalised, responsible, resilient and free of slavery/exploitation creating environmental, economic benefits for all".
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Businesses launch joint bid to improve conditions in cobalt supply chains 

Businesses launch joint bid to improve conditions in cobalt supply chains  | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
The new initiative, called the Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA), will partner with governments and NGOs to improve the welfare of those employed in artisanal and small scale mining (ASM), which accounts for 11-20% of the cobalt exported from the DRC annually.

Between 1.5 million and 2 million people are estimated to work in the DRC’s ASM sector, which has been identified as having heightened risk of modern slavery, child labour and poor working conditions.

The aim of the FCA is to build sources of responsible cobalt, from which businesses can purchase and be sure that they are not financing activities which are misaligned with their social commitments. It will begin working with the owners and operators of mines across two regions – Kasulu and Kamilombe – to ensure that best-practice processes are being followed, before rolling the initiative out to other parts of the DRC.
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Intel Delves into African Mineral Supply Chain for Responsible Sourcing

Intel Delves into African Mineral Supply Chain for Responsible Sourcing | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Intel says that a fact-finding trip to Rwanda is helping the semiconductor company understand their complex mineral supply chain, and go beyond addressing conflict minerals to achieving responsible sourcing.

Consumers and, increasingly, investors want reassurance that companies are responsible corporate citizens. Part of that means rooting out human rights abuses from their supply chains.
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How top tech companies are addressing diversity and inclusion

How top tech companies are addressing diversity and inclusion | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

This year, the culture for change may be shifting. BLM protests, the MeToo movement and growing awareness around LGBTQ+ rights have provided renewed focus on disparities in pay, opportunity and success that underrepresented groups face in the workplace. Now, it’s more important than ever for tech companies to prove their commitment to closing the gender and diversity gap in tech — and companies appear to be responding with more substantial policies than before.

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Apple embeds racial justice into new supply-chain carbon neutrality pledge

Apple embeds racial justice into new supply-chain carbon neutrality pledge | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Apple already has ventured far beyond most other companies when it comes to pushing for climate action within its supply chain. 

Consider that it has convinced more than 70 Apple suppliers to use renewable energy to produce products on its behalf, an effort funded in part by close to $5 billion in green bonds issued by the technology giant as well as a dedicated pool of money in China. 
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Electronics Giants, Global Orgs Launch Circular Electronics Partnership

Electronics Giants, Global Orgs Launch Circular Electronics Partnership | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Cisco, Dell, Google and Microsoft are among the founding members of the alliance — which sees the biggest names in tech, consumer goods and waste management working together to enable a circular economy for electronics by 2030.

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HP Calls on Partners to Embrace Its Sustainable Impact Initiative

HP Calls on Partners to Embrace Its Sustainable Impact Initiative | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
HP has made its Sustainable Impact initiative, diversity and inclusion among its highest corporate priorities in recent years. Now the company plans to enable its HP Amplify partners to do the same.

The largest provider of PCs and printers began rolling out the new HP Amplify Impact program Thursday in 25 countries. HP will expand the program worldwide throughout 2021 to train and support those partners seeking to commit to sustainability impact.

Announced last summer and launched in November, HP Amplify is the company’s new data-driven, customer experience-focused partner program. The company decided to wait until that program was rolled out before adding the sustainability portion.

HP officials said committing to sustainability has already paid off. Its Sustainable Impact efforts generated $1 billion in new sales, according to the company’s most recent Sustainable Impact Report.
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Samsung Partners with Eco-Friendly Shopping Mall Green Pea in Italy

Samsung Partners with Eco-Friendly Shopping Mall Green Pea in Italy | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Samsung Electronics has announced that it recently became an official partner of Green Pea, an eco-friendly shopping mall located in Italy. As an official partner, Samsung, which has been recognized for its continuous efforts to promote a sustainable future, has provided TVs and digital signage for use throughout the shopping mall.

 Samsung also installed an exhibition hall at Green Pea dedicated specifically to eco-packaging – a new kind of product packaging that facilitates the upcycling of the boxes that come with the company’s lifestyle TV models. Samsung is expanding its award-winning eco-packaging designs to include all of its 2021 Lifestyle TVs, as well as most of the 2021 Neo QLED line.

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Apple supplier Lens Technology accused of using forced labor in China

Apple supplier Lens Technology accused of using forced labor in China | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Apple supplier Lens Technology has joined a growing list of companies that have been accused of using forced labor in its manufacturing facilities.

According to documents uncovered by the Tech Transparency Project and shared with The Washington Post, "thousands" of Uighur workers from the Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang were sent to work for Lens Technology.

An Apple spokesperson denied the report, stating in a statement that Lens Technology "has not received any labor transfers of Uighur workers from Xinjiang." He added that the company has a "zero tolerance" policy for forced labor.
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Apple slaps iPhone supplier Pegatron with labour warning

Apple slaps iPhone supplier Pegatron with labour warning | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Apple said on Monday it has put its Taiwanese supplier Pegatron on probation after finding that the company violated Apple’s supplier code of conduct by asking student employees to work night shifts or overtime, Reuters reported.
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Report: Apple enlisted lobbyist for Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Report: Apple enlisted lobbyist for Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

This past spring, Apple was implicated along with other US brands like Nike, Dell, and more for having its supply chain allegedly involved with forced labor of the Muslim Uyghurs in Chinese factories. Now a new report from The Information says that Apple has paid to lobby Congress around legislation having to do US companies that could have connections with slave labor in China.
After the initial allegations were made back in March, Apple shared this statement:

“Apple is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” said spokesman Josh Rosenstock. “We have not seen this report but we work closely with all our suppliers to ensure our high standards are upheld.”

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HP Builds on Sustainability Commitment with First Consumer PCs Made with Ocean-Bound Plastics 

HP Builds on Sustainability Commitment with First Consumer PCs Made with Ocean-Bound Plastics  | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Today, HP Inc. announced updates to its Pavilion line-up, designed to turn heads while progressing the company’s leadership towards a more sustainable future. The HP Pavilion 13, HP Pavilion 14, and HP Pavilion 15 Laptops showcase a progressive new tonal color-blocking design and are the first consumer laptops available from HP to feature 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. The new devices are also the company’s first consumer notebooks using post-consumer-recycled and ocean-bound plastics.1
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Apple praised for removing Earpods and charger from iPhone 12 box

Apple praised for removing Earpods and charger from iPhone 12 box | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Apple’s decision to remove the charger and headphones from iPhone 12 boxes has generally been well received by environmentalists.


However, the tech giant has been pressed to go much further in reducing its impact on the environment.


Apple believes there are over 700 million pairs of wired EarPods and around 2 billion Apple power adapters in circulation.

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Google Has Erased Its Entire ‘Carbon Legacy,’ Sets Sights on 100% Carbon-Free Power

Google Has Erased Its Entire ‘Carbon Legacy,’ Sets Sights on 100% Carbon-Free Power | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Google was the first major company to become carbon neutral, in 2007. Now, the tech giant says it is the first company in the world to eliminate its entire carbon footprint.

Google has announced that, as of today, it has eliminated all of the carbon it has emitted since its founding in 1998.
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Apple bought retail uniforms from Chinese firm sanctioned for forced labor 

Apple bought retail uniforms from Chinese firm sanctioned for forced labor  | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Apple has previously bought clothing for Apple Store uniforms from a subsidiary of a company that the US Government is alleging violated human rights in China's Xinjiang region.

Following Tim Cook saying to the House of Judiciary that Apple will not tolerate the use of forced labor in its business or any part of its supply chain, documents have shown that the company has previously bought from a subsidiary of Esquel. Changji Esquel Textile is currently facing sanctions for alleged human rights violations, including forced labor.

"Esquel is not a direct supplier to Apple but our suppliers do use cotton from their facilities in Guangzhou and Vietnam," an Apple spokesperson told The Guardian. "We have confirmed no Apple supplier sources cotton from Xinjiang and there are no plans for future sourcing of cotton from the region."
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Apple imported clothes from Xinjiang firm facing US forced labour sanctions 

Apple imported clothes from Xinjiang firm facing US forced labour sanctions  | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Details on staff uniforms come after CEO Tim Cook says he will not tolerate modern slavery
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Microsoft uses AI to boost its reuse, recycling of server parts

Microsoft uses AI to boost its reuse, recycling of server parts | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Circular Centers are all about quickly sorting through the inventory rather than tying up overworked staff. Microsoft plans to increase its reuse of server parts by 90% by 2025. "Using machine learning, we will process servers and hardware that are being decommissioned onsite," wrote Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, in a blog post announcing the initiative. "We'll sort the pieces that can be reused and repurposed by us, our customers, or sold."

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