Used cell phone collection & waste generation.
CR KPI „Used Cell Phone Collection“.
We achieved outstanding results for the Used Cell Phone Collection CR KPI during the reporting period. Despite the fact that the number of customers remained relatively constant, we were able to almost triple the number of collected cell phones. This figure indicates the ratio between the number of collected cell phones in thousands to the number of customers in millions.
CR KPI „Used Cell Phone Collection“ Deutsche Telekom Group in Germany.
During the reporting period, Telekom collected a total of around 762,000 cell phones in Germany. Thus we contributed to the recovery of valuable raw materials, ensuring that a proportion of the phones that still work are reused and the others are recycled and recovered. Telekom made a donation to a non-profit organization for each cell phone returned. We increased the number of used cell phones collected by more than 500,000 compared with 2010, with proceeds benefiting the children's charity "BILD hilft e.V. Ein Herz für Kinder."
Reporting against standards.
By reporting the Used Cell Phone Collection CR KPI as an indicator of progress achieved in the resource-efficient and environmentally friendly use of products, we fully cover the EN 26 (Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts), PA 11 (Initiatives to inform customers about product features and applications that will promote responsible, efficient, cost effective, and environmentally preferable use) and TA 1 (Examples of the resource efficiency of telecommunication products and services delivered) GRI performance indicators. By reporting this data, we also partially cover the EN 27 (Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category) GRI performance indicator and the E14-01 (Recycling ratio) EFFAS indicator. This data is also relevant for criteria 7 (Rules and processes), 10 (Innovation and product management), 11 and 12 (Usage of natural resources) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Environmental responsibility).
Waste amounts throughout the Group decreased by around 10 percent during the reporting period. Deutsche Telekom in Germany and T-Mobile USA contributed considerably to this reduction by significantly cutting back on paper waste as well as technical and other waste. T-Mobile USA was even able to reduce its paper waste by 90 percent. See individual subsidiaries in the interactive subsidiary benchmarking tool for details.
Waste Generation Deutsche Telekom Group.
The amount of waste reduced throughout the Group indicates that a Group-wide strategy to minimize waste amounts is being effectively implemented. Despite increases here and there in the amount of waste produced - the amount of hazardous waste produced throughout the Group increased by 8 percent, for example - overall waste production decreased at almost all of the international subsidiaries. The remaining waste was disposed of in compliance with environmental regulations.
Reporting against standards.
By reporting the amount of waste we generate, we fully cover the EN 22 (Total weight of waste by type and disposal method) GRI performance indicator and the E04-01 (Total waste in tonnes) EFFAS indicator. This data is also relevant for criterion 11 (Usage of natural resources) of the German Sustainability Code. It is also used for reporting on the Global Compact principles 7 (Precautionary approach) and 8 (Environmental responsibility).
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