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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Fairphone 2 at T-Mobile Austria

T-Mobile Austria is one of the first mobile network providers in the world and the only provider in Austria to combine a mobile contract with Fairphone 2, the first sustainable and socially responsible smartphone. The company has been offering this product since early 2016 and it gives new and current customers an opportunity to choose a sustainable way of life when it comes to their smartphones. T-Mobile Austria actively supports the Dutch company Fairphone in its efforts to raise awareness of fair electronics and promote responsibility in the industry. Fairphone focuses on four main challenges: to make mining at the beginning of the value chain, design, production and the product life cycle more sustainable and transparent. In order to achieve this goal the company cooperates with initiatives for the extraction of tin and tantalum from conflict-free mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo and sources conflict-free tungsten from Rwanda. It also created the first pilot supply chain for fair-trade gold in smartphones and promotes longevity through the modular product design of the Fairphone 2. In order to facilitate long-term use of the product, spare parts for the Fairphone 2 can also be ordered via T-Mobile Austria.