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2015 Corporate Responsibility Report

Used cell-phone collection and waste volume

Used Cell Phone Collection ESG KPIa)

We have been reporting the Used Cell-phone Collection ESG KPI img for two years based on the reference value "number of devices in circulation". This makes it possible to more precisely illustrate the ratio of the number of cell phones brought to market to the number of used devices collected. When customers use the devices for longer periods of time, the environment benefits from this decision and, as a result, this has a positive impact on the KPI img.
Around 394,000  mobile devices were collected throughout the Group in 2015, an increase of around 40% in comparison to 2014 (around 288,000). This increase was mostly generated by the national companies in Germany, Greece and the Netherlands.
TMUS is not included in the Group's ESG KPI; around 4 million mobile devices were collected there alone.

The Used Cell-Phone Collection ESG KPI measures the ratio of collected devices (in thousands) to the number of devices in circulation (in millions). The collected devices are recorded in kilograms or in units. When using kilograms, we apply a Group-wide conversion factor of 7.25 units per kilogram unless another conversion factor is typically used in that country.
Mobile devices in circulation include smartphones, simple phones, tablets and cordless phones. Units are reported by Procurement for reasons of data quality.

Reporting against standards

By reporting the Used Cell-Phone Collection ESG  KPI  as an indicator of progress achieved in the resource-efficient and environmentally friendly use of products, we fully cover the G4-EN27 (Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts) GRI performance indicator. By reporting this data we also partially cover 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 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

We continue to report on this KPI img with reference to "number of customers"  in order to provide a point of reference for comparison with the previous years.

231 000 used cell phones were collected in Germany in 2015, a strong 50% percent more than in the previous year.

Reporting against standards

By reporting the Used Cell-Phone Collection ESG  KPI  as an indicator of progress achieved in the resource-efficient and environmentally friendly use of products, we fully cover the G4-EN27 (Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts) GRI performance indicator. By reporting this data we also partially cover 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 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

The amount of waste produced throughout the Group was reduced by 2% in comparison with 2014. This decrease can largely be attributed to the reduction in technical waste. The amount of technical waste fluctuates from year to year as the result of projects that are conducted at irregular intervals. For detailed comments on the figures for each individual company, please refer to the interactive benchmarking tool.

You can find further information on our waste management policies here.

Reporting against standards

By reporting the amount of waste we generate, we partially cover the G4-EN23 (Total weight of waste by type and disposal method) GRI 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 (Promoting environmental responsibility).

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