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2016 Corporate Responsibility Report

Used cell-phone collection and waste volume

Used Cell-Phone Collection ESG KPI a)

We are reporting the Used Cell-phone Collection ESG KPI img 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. Around 465 thousand mobile devices were collected throughout the Group (not including TMUS) in 2016, a significant increase compared to the previous year. This increase was driven above all by measures taken by our national company in Hungary. At the same time, the number of devices brought into circulation in the majority of our subsidiaries dropped slightly.

TMUS is not included in the Group's ESG KPI; just under 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).

Waste generation

The amount of waste produced throughout the Group was reduced by 1 percent in comparison with 2015. The reduction can primarily be attributed to the reduction of 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).