Conducting business responsibly is the foundation of Ericsson’s approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility. In line with Ericsson Code of Conduct for Business Partners, and specifically our Environmental requirements, Ericsson runs a Responsible Sourcing Environment Program. The program follows up on, supports, and encourage suppliers to conduct their business in ways that minimize negative environmental impacts, for their own operations, and in their supply chains.
Goal: High emission suppliers half their emissions by 2030
Ericsson has aligned with the 1.5°C ambition and is applying the same target for the supply chain, in other words, they should halve emissions by 2030. The focus is on 1st tier high emission suppliers representing 90% of Ericsson’s supply chain emissions. This approach is also supported by our Code of Conduct for Business Partners and is a contribution to Ericsson’s overall climate action plan that can be found on the Climate Action page.
Cooperation’s, collaborations and initiatives
The company reports to and works with SBTi, RBA, CDP and helped develop the Exponential Roadmap and the 1.5°C Business Playbook. Ericsson also actively engages with external parties such as customers, peers, suppliers, NGOs, academia etc. to encourage alignment around 1.5°C target and establish ways of working to take the area forward.
The 1.5°C Business Playbook, which is a spin-off from the Exponential Roadmap initiative, is a guide that highlights how businesses can reach net-zero emissions through halving their greenhouse gas emissions every decade, and fully integrate climate action in their business strategy. This playbook is free to access and we encourage it is being used and distributed to whomever may find it useful, for the own organization or for suppliers.
Water management is of high importance everywhere Ericsson conducts business. Most water used in production and the business environment is fresh water and needs to be managed in a responsible way. Ways to reduce use of water, or systems to reuse water, as well as efficient cleaning of waste water is expected from the supply chain.
By reducing the amount of material used and then using and reusing resources efficiently we impact the amount of waste that goes to landfill. This is a way of thinking that starts already in the design phase of both development and operations. All suppliers are encouraged to plan and develop waste management programs. More information about Ericsson’s commitment to reducing waste can be found on the Supply Waste page.
In the Ericsson Code of Conduct for business partners, there is strong emphasis on the importance of having good Environmental practices in place. Ericsson also has the complementary document Business Partner Environmental Requirements, which clarifies how companies are expected to conduct business in relations to environment.
The area is managed in tight collaboration with Ericsson Sustainability & Corporate Sustainability team and is followed up in Ericsson’s Executive Team. We also collaborate with other external parties such as NGOs, suppliers, peers in order to develop the area.