Telekom has been working on an international level toward establishing sustainable supplier relationships for several years now; this can be seen, for example, in the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).
We are also directly active in the countries of our suppliers. One focus of our current activities is China. In addition to our official branch office in Beijing, our procurement, technology and product management units have an office in Shenzhen in the south of China. As a partner of the SWITCH Asia project, we work toward embedding sustainability in the Chinese electronics industry.
As a founding member of GeSI, Telekom has been involved in creating more transparency in the supply chain since 2011. The main goal of GeSI is to improve social and environmental conditions when it comes to the extraction of raw materials.
Telekom has been holding the chairmanship at GeSI since 2006 and assumed the co-chairmanship of the Supply Chain Working Group as well in April 2011. This working group is primarily involved in securing and further advancing minimum social and environmental standards in the ICT supply chain. We also actively participated in other GeSI working groups during the reporting period promoting the consideration of CR aspects, including:
- Climate Change Working Group,
- Energy Efficiency Working Group,
- E-Waste Working Group and
- Extractives Working Group.
The goal of SWITCH Asia is to conduct 35 training workshops between 2010 and 2012 in the five project regions and reach out to around 500 companies.
During the reporting period, Telekom participated in several activities in China:
Workshops for small and medium-sized enterprises.
A total of five training workshops for small and medium-sized enterprises were conducted in the Chinese regions of Bohai Basin, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shenzhen Industrial Zone and Pearl River Delta between April and June 2011 within the scope of the SWITCH Asia project.
National kick-off event.
A one-day national kick-off event was held on September 2, 2011, in Beijing for the SWITCH Asia project. Speakers presented the initiative's goals, activities and initial success in order to get stakeholders interested in the endeavor and generate additional support. At the event Telekom presented an overview of sustainable procurement strategies and talked about its support of the SWITCH Asia project. Around 150 representatives from high-ranking Chinese authorities and organizations as well as from Chinese and European companies participated in the event.
As a strategic partner, we support the SWITCH Asia project, which was initiated in 2009 and is funded by the EU. Telekom is the sole representative of the ICT industry in the project. The objective of the project is to provide information and training to more than 500 small and medium-sized enterprises from the electronics industry in areas such as ecological efficiency, occupational health and safety and CR.
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