Studies such as GeSI #SMARTer2030 show that information and communication technology solutions (ICT ) can make an important contribution to sustainable development. Many of our products offer economic as well as social and ecological benefits. Quantifying this added value and hence making it measurable is a challenge, since many of the social benefits of our products are only indirect. But we are tackling this challenge and testing various approaches. In addition to building a sustainable product portfolio, we have been participating since 2015 in the industry-wide Sustainability Assessment Framework (SASF) pilot project conducted by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative . The goal of this project is to develop a tool that can be used to evaluate a large variety of ICT products based on their sustainability. The results will also help determine sustainability risks along the value chain. The SASF evaluation criteria are not limited to environmental aspects but also include social criteria such as compliance with human rights and customer requirements such as cost transparency and data protection. With this comprehensive approach, SASF is setting new standards for product evaluation in the ICT sector.
We have been contributing to the development of SASF since the beginning and took part in the pilot study – an initial hands-on test – in 2016. In 2017 we began testing whether and how SASF can be integrated into our management processes. We will be continuing this testing in 2018.In addition, we also examine and evaluate other approaches for assessing the sustainability benefits of our products and services.