Conducting business responsibly is the foundation of Ericsson’s approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility. In line with Ericsson Code of Conduct, and specifically our Environmental requirements, Ericsson runs a Responsible Sourcing Environment Program. The Responsible Sourcing Environment Program collects information to keep track of as well as helping and encouraging suppliers to conduct their business in ways that minimize and phase out negative environmental impacts. When encouraging our suppliers to strive for an environmentally conscious way of doing business, and we expect them to carry this on in their own supply chains.
30 suppliers are selected in the program for 2019 and they represent approximately 20 % of Ericsson’s spend. We target the areas of our business that has the greatest environmental impact.
The Responsible Sourcing Environment Program focuses on 3 areas:
Green House Gas emissions (GHGs)
GHGs contribute to global warming which in turn impact on all systems on earth. We expect suppliers to have measurements, targets and improvement programs to manage energy consumption and the emissions.
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.