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Defra creates Sustainable ICT Group to tackle environmental impact

Defra creates Sustainable ICT Group to tackle environmental impact | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

The Digital, Data and Technology Services (DDTS) unit of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has formed a partnership with the private sector to create Joint Sustainable Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) group to promote ICT sustainability. Private sector companies in the group include Dell, Atos, Vodafone, IBM, Capgemini, Ark, HPE, Tier 1, Xerox and DXC.

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Apple releases 2019 Supplier Responsibility Report: Drop in core violations, increase in high-performing suppliers, more

Apple releases 2019 Supplier Responsibility Report: Drop in core violations, increase in high-performing suppliers, more | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Apple has today shared its 2019 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report that details how its business and suppliers impact people, the planet, and more. Across 2018, Apple says that core labor rules violations dropped and it didn’t find any serious safety or health violations. It also shared that over 17 million supplier employees have now been trained on their rights, and it saw more of its suppliers than ever achieve a high-performing rating.
EcoVadis's insight:

According to the EcoVadis Global CSR Risk and Performance Index 2018, the ICT industry had a great 2017, experiencing average score increases in all themes and for both large and small & medium-sized companies. Scores for the Sustainable Procurement theme among both large and small & medium sized companies improved, indicating some progress in providing market pressure to root out conflict minerals. 

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Dell calls on EU governments to invest billions in sustainable tech

Dell calls on EU governments to invest billions in sustainable tech | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Dell is calling for European governments to have a more sustainable approach to procuring technology.  The company said that by encouraging governments to be better at considering sustainability when making purchasing decisions, they will be able to influence the wider business world. Although the EU Public Procurement Directive of 2014 states that businesses must consider how sustainable their IT choices are, rather than focusing on pricing, research has found that contracts with the lowest prices tend to get awarded by the public sector, which somewhat undermines the sustainability missive. 

EcoVadis's insight:

Business sustainability is essential to the long-term prosperity of global companies. To achieve a more sustainable future, the responsibility does not fall only on consumers, producers, suppliers or investors but the government also play a key role in achieving the sustainable goals by promoting sustainable economic strategies.

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Electronic waste is recycled in appalling conditions in India 

Electronic waste is recycled in appalling conditions in India  | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

In India, a network of informal workers and waste pickers involving women and children collect, dismantle and recycle e-waste under dismal work conditions. The world produces 50 million tonnes of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) per year, according to a recent UN report, but only 20 per cent is formally recycled. Much of the rest ends up in landfill, or is recycled informally in developing nations. India generates more than two million tonnes of e-waste annually, and also imports undisclosed amounts of e-waste from other countries from around the world—including Australia.

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World produced 44m tonnes of e-waste in 2017

World produced 44m tonnes of e-waste in 2017 | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

More than 44 million tonnes of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) was produced globally in 2017, with a majority being sent to landfill. It reveals the annual value of global e-waste is more than $62.5 billion (£48.5bn) – more than the GDP of most countries. The report from the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) and the UN E-Waste Coalition adds less than 20% of e-waste is “formally recycled”, with 80% either ending up in landfill or being “informally recycled” – much of it by hand in developing countries, exposing workers to hazardous substances such as mercury and lead.

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Huawei Global Business Model Relied on Bribes and Corruption

Huawei Global Business Model Relied on Bribes and Corruption | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Saying it poses a national security threat, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand have banned the company from building new, state of the art 5G telecom networks. Other Western countries are debating over a similar ban. Security concerns about Huawei and other Chinese telecom equipment providers are mounting after U.S. prosecutors last month charged the company founded by a former People’s Liberation Army officer with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran, purloining trade secrets from T-Mobile and encouraging its employees to steal intellectual property. The focus on national security concerns about Huawei has eclipsed a little reported aspect of the company’s operations: Huawei’s involvement in corrupt business dealings.

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Battery manufacture must take a global leap forward to ensure a sustainable and just transition

Battery manufacture must take a global leap forward to ensure a sustainable and just transition | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

The global battery market is surging. By 2040 the global energy storage market is projected to attract $620 billion of investment. Over the past decade, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery market doubled on average every three years. To cope with this growth, we need the development of a sustainable and low-carbon value chain for batteries in order to contribute to the implementation of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, says Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer, BASF and Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group.

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Samsung to start using sustainable materials for packaging

Samsung to start using sustainable materials for packaging | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
In an effort to make things right with nature, Samsung is strengthening its sustainability policy by replacing the products packaging materials. The South Korean tech giant aims to use more sustainable materials to help reduce garbage. Those plastic materials will be replaced by paper or other available and environment-friendly products. Samsung will be specifically offering bio-based or recycled materials. They are not just papers but some may still be plastic but still recyclable. This is an official company policy that says Samsung will use paper packaging materials only certified by forestry initiatives such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme.
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Cellphones are still endangering gorillas, but recycling old ones can help

Cellphones are still endangering gorillas, but recycling old ones can help | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

The Congo Basin, key habitat for gorillas and chimpanzees, is rich in minerals such as coltan, gold and tin that are used in electronics. Mining is a major factor in the decline of species like the Grauer’s gorilla, which have lost habitat to the industry and are also hunted when forest is opened up for mining. Participating in cellphone recycling programs helps reduce the demand for mining in gorilla habitat.

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Dell Continues to Close the Loop on E-waste

Dell Continues to Close the Loop on E-waste | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Dell continues to make headway on its plans to dramatically increase the amount of repurposed and reclaimed content in its supply chain, with a goal of 100 million pounds of reused materials in its products by 2020 (double its original goal of 50 million, which it achieved in 2017). Its model could provide the entire industry with methods, practices and — through collaboration — opportunities to reduce the growing global e-waste problem and shift towards a more circular economy in the electronics sector.
EcoVadis's insight:

Enormous amounts of electronic waste, which largely end up in landfills and outside of legal take-back systems, along with all well known environmental impacts, continue to rise. Nonetheless, ICT carries responsibility in making product composition more transparent (e.g. labels and certifications), to sensitise consumers on the impact of e-waste and to promote (existing) take-back schemes.

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 Reducing Emissions & Costs in the Electronics Supply Chain

Electronics manufacturers are asking for more sustainability data from suppliers as the meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility extends further up and down the supply chain. These conversations are opportunities to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a potentially significant source: freight transportation.
EcoVadis's insight:

More and more supply chains are utilizing cutting edge strategies and technology to increase their supply chain transparency. Furthermore, other external factors such as pressure from consumers, continue to mount such that you cannot afford to lose visibility and be left behind. 

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Japan latest country to exclude Huawei, ZTE from 5G roll-out over security concerns

Japan latest country to exclude Huawei, ZTE from 5G roll-out over security concerns | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
Japan decided on Monday to effectively exclude Chinese telecoms equipment giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE from public procurement, the government said, adding to the list of countries that have pushed back against the Chinese technology companies on security issues.
EcoVadis's insight:

Information security in telecommunication infrastructure has become a hot topic with surging buzz as the tension at national level increases in recent weeks. The risk is pertinent at corporate level at the same time, if not more than ever. Companies should implement thorough security plan and strive to increase transparency and fortify cyberattack counteractions throughout its supply chain.

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Korea’s Samsung, Hyundai, LG rank best three foreign names in CSR in China

South Korea’s Samsung Group, Hyundai Motor Group, and LG Group dominated the top three in China’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) scale on foreign-origin enterprises.  According to CSR index announced by Chinese Academy of Social Science on Friday, Samsung Group earned the highest 93 points among foreign companies in China to make the top spot for the sixth consecutive year. Samsung ranked No. 4 among all 300 companies counting in Chinese firms.

EcoVadis's insight:

Bravo Korea’s Samsung, Hyundai and LG! The Electronics industry faces more CSR challenges day by day. Electronics companies are scrutinizing the use of conflict minerals and human trafficking in the electronics supply chain as they evaluate corporate social responsibility issues.

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High-Tech Trash: Creating Greener Cities with Smarter Waste Management

High-Tech Trash: Creating Greener Cities with Smarter Waste Management | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

This year will be a watershed moment for the smart cities movement, as technology companies will be forced to demonstrate return on investment (ROI) on an accelerated time horizon. Those products and services that are low cost, leverage existing city assets, and focus relentlessly on process improvement for city systems will be the big winners in 2019. This can only be achieved if the public works and sustainability departments of a city are on the same page. Technology can bring these two departments of city government together, ensuring that they are oriented towards delivering more effective service and more sustainable outcomes.

EcoVadis's insight:

There’s no escape – new regulations and consumer demands are increasingly putting pressure on businesses to be more transparent about how they are addressing environmental, social and ethical concerns. As a result, more and more companies include sustainability clauses in contracts with their trading partners.

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Apple reaches landfill landmark

Apple reaches landfill landmark | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Apple’s Zero Waste programme has helped suppliers recycle or reuse 1m tonnes of rubbish in three years, according to the tech giant’s 2019 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report. It stated: “In 2018, our suppliers achieved UL Zero Waste certification for all final assembly test and packaging facilities across iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, and HomePod.”This means that at least 90% of waste is no longer being sent to landfill sites. It marks a “significant goal” in the company’s efforts to achieve a zero waste supply chain, it said.

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Apple Terminated Five Suppliers After Human Rights Audits, Conflict Minerals Report Reveals

Apple Terminated Five Suppliers After Human Rights Audits, Conflict Minerals Report Reveals | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Apple has long been committed to Supplier Responsiblity; ensuring that all of the companies in its supply chain, from the mines that produce the raw minerals to the factories that assemble its iPhones, are held to the highest standards for human rights, environmental stewardship, and ethical and responsible business practices. To emphasize the company’s efforts in this area, it releases a Supplier Responsiblity Progress Report annually, outlining its commitments to “people and the planet” and highlighting the steps its taken year over year to improve in these areas.

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Samsung Elec makes big push in education under new CSR vision

Samsung Elec makes big push in education under new CSR vision | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Samsung Electronics Co. has launched a new corporate social responsibility initiative with a focus on educating future generations. Co-chief executives Kim Ki-nam, Kim Hyun-suk and Koh Dong-jin, in an email sent out to employees on Monday, revealed the Korean tech giant’s refreshed CSR vision under its “Enabling People” campaign.  The initiative focuses on investment in people with an aim to bring out everyone’s full potential. The company said it plans to shake up its existing education programs so that they are geared more towards helping young people acquire the skills to become future leaders.

EcoVadis's insight:

Corporate social responsibility is an organization’s responsibility for the impacts of its activities of the society and the environment. That is, through transparent and ethical behavior that: – Contributes to Sustainable Development, including health and the welfare of society. For example, Samsung Electronics with the help of its new CSR initiative, it can build a reputation as a good corporate citizen which can give the company a competitive edge. 

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Ford pushes for supply chain transparency in cobalt mining using IBM blockchain technology 

Ford pushes for supply chain transparency in cobalt mining using IBM blockchain technology  | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Ford is preparing to use blockchain technology to trace supplies of cobalt — a key ingredient for electric car batteries — in a bid to clamp down on labour exploitation. The US carmaker has teamed up with Korean battery company, LG Chem, and China’s largest cobalt producer, Hayou Cobalt, for the pilot. The project will be conducted at Huayou’s industrial mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and will ensure that the in-demand mineral has been ethically sourced.

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7 Year Old Children Mining Cobalt For Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung Products

7 Year Old Children Mining Cobalt For Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung Products | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

In recent years, activists and independent media have brought attention to “conflict minerals,” key components in technology that are often sourced from war-torn countries. And a recent report from a major human rights group sounds the alarm on a largely overlooked metal that’s being mined by thousands of children and underpaid adults in Africa. Amnesty International issued the results of its detailed investigation into the sourcing of cobalt, a rare metal that forms a crucial ingredient of lithium-based rechargeable batteries, in a Jan. 19 report. According to the authors, more than half the world’s cobalt comes from Congo, including at least 20 percent which comes from so-called "artisanal miners" in the southern part of the country.

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Ford Motor Company Launches Blockchain Pilot On IBM Platform To Ensure Ethical Sourcing Of Cobalt

Ford Motor Company Launches Blockchain Pilot On IBM Platform To Ensure Ethical Sourcing Of Cobalt | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
To ensure the responsible sourcing of industrially-mined cobalt, Ford Motor Company has joined forces with Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem and RCS Global to use blockchain technology to trace and validate ethically sourced minerals.
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Encouraging use of tech - lets add the Sustainabilty Rating & scorecard to the record of each player in the chain!

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USA to recycle critical battery materials more intensely

USA to recycle critical battery materials more intensely | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced the establishment of a research and development centre for the recycling of critical materials such as cobalt and lithium from electric vehicle batteries for example. The aim is to reduce dependence on foreign resources. The specific goal of the centre, which is managed by the Argonne National Laboratory together with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is to increase the collection and recycling rate of lithium-based batteries from electric vehicles, consumer electronics and other applications from currently only 5 to 90 per cent.        

EcoVadis's insight:

The IT and telecommunications sectors have long been at the forefront of sustainable procurement, yet the pressure to successfully actualize sustainable practices along each stage of the supply chain (raw materials, manufacturing and end-of-life recycling) is intensifying. In order for the IT sector to stay ahead in Sustainable Procurement and to stay competitive, they must not only monitor, but also engage both their upstream and downstream suppliers in a more than ever complex value chain.

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Reducing Transport Emissions in Electronics Supply Chains, the 'SmartWay'

Reducing Transport Emissions in Electronics Supply Chains, the 'SmartWay' | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

Electronics manufacturers are asking for more sustainability data from suppliers as the demand for CSR extends throughout the supply chain. “GHG data can help establish incentives to change behavior, improve record-keeping practices, and move freight efficiently, responsibly, and economically,” said Nancy Gillis, CEO of the Green Electronics Council (GEC), a non-profit organization that promotes sustainably produced IT products.

EcoVadis's insight:

Transport is responsible for 22 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, and its emissions are increasing at a faster rate than any other sectors. Implementing low-carbon transport options can create multiple economic and social development benefits, in addition to reducing emissions. 

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Panasonic and JDA collaborate to 'co-innovate' the future of the digital supply chain

Panasonic and JDA collaborate to 'co-innovate' the future of the digital supply chain | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

One of the world’s leading electronics, technologies and solutions developers, has entered into a partnership to ‘co-innovative’ on digital supply chain technology solutions. JDA Software and Panasonic Corporation announced in a statement this week that to two companies have entered into a joint partnership to leverage the JDA Luminate family ‘family of solutions’ and Panasonic’s ‘unique technologies’ for the manufacturing, logistics and retail industries.

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High-Tech's Greatest Challenge Will Be Securing Supply Chains In 2019

High-Tech's Greatest Challenge Will Be Securing Supply Chains In 2019 | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it

High-tech manufacturers need to urgently solve the paradox of improving supply chain security while attaining greater visibility across supplier networks if they’re going make the most of smart, connected products’ many growth opportunities in 2019. It’s time for high-tech supply chains to go with a least privilege-based approach to verifying who or what is requesting access to any confidential data across the supply chains. 

EcoVadis's insight:

The IT and telecommunications sectors have long been at the forefront of sustainable procurement, yet the pressure to successfully actualize sustainable practices along each stage of the supply chain (raw materials, manufacturing and end-of-life recycling) is intensifying. Collaboration between companies within the same industry is a powerful managerial tool for accelerating the progress of ethical, social and environmental performance among all companies in a supply chain.

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BMW, BASF & Samsung want sustainable cobalt mining

BMW, BASF & Samsung want sustainable cobalt mining | Sustainable Procurement & CSR News - ICT Industry | Scoop.it
BMW, BASF, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a cooperative pilot project to support sustainable and fair cobalt mining initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The German development agency GIZ will coordinate the project.
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Many of the countries that supply source materials such as cobalt, coltan and copper are marred by corruption and civil war. So, in order for the IT sector to stay ahead in Sustainable Procurement and to stay competitive, they must not only monitor, but also engage both their upstream and downstream suppliers in a more than ever complex value chain. 

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