Generic Technology, Communication & Online - Ecology Question 24

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Does the brand have a substantial environmental policy for its product offering?

Dutch version: Heeft het merk een substantieel milieubeleid voor de aangeboden producten?

German version: Setzt der Markenhersteller Umweltkriterien für das Produktangebot technischer Geräte um?


Companies like telecom companies largely offer electronic devices produced by other companies. In addition, to some extent respective devices are produced under its own brand name too. These companies should therefore implement a policy on at least Tier 1 level (direct suppliers) that addresses clear standards regarding our environmental criteria for electronics brands. As an example see e.g. Tier 1-4 level categorization by Vodafone on page 61.

At least 5 out of the following 9 identified groups of our environmental policy criteria for electronics brands should be covered comprehensively:

- hazardous chemicals
- raw materials processed
- recycling of raw materials
- land use
- water
- waste
- consumer packaging
- product lifecycle
- maintainability

Details about the identified groups can be found at our environmental criteria for electronics brands: Electronics#Questions_about_Ecology.

---Important--- For other possible groups, best practices and concrete examples regarding environmental criteria for suppliers and / or service providers that you come accross, please report them specifically to the verifier.

Ranking Guidelines

- Rank ‘Yes' when the brand has met the above requirements.
- Rank ‘?’ when the information is not found on the website or when not enough detailed information has been provided.
- Rank 'No’ when the brand has clearly stated that they do NOT take this information into account.

Answering Guidelines

- (Brand) does not provide information on its policy for (...), if there is one, through its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.